ETHICAL ISSUES: ETHICS IN POLITICS

NEWS FLASH!  Don’t waste time looking.  Spend it voting, because ethics in politics is virtually non-existent.

Too severe?  I don’t think so.  Professional politicians (that’s what they are, because they’re certainly not serving the public) didn’t get rich on the job by representing their constituencies.  (If they were truly representative of their constituencies, most of their constituencies–US–would necessarily have to be rich—wouldn’t we?)  No.  They’re power brokers.  They got to be millionaires (all 50 Senators are, you know) by playing politics, described in Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary as:  “to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political…issue, resort to partisan politics,…exploit a political system or…relationships, to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way…”  Sound familiar?  Anyone paying even slight attention to current events will know this description is accurate.   And for the cherry on top: Wickipedia defines Political corruption as “the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.”  ‘Corruption’ is a strong word, but how else to justify a Washington full of lobbyists and to describe those who exempt themselves from the very laws they thrust upon their own constituencies?  How can they call themselves ‘representatives’ if they don’t represent?  By being unethical—that’s how.

And “No one died when Clinton lied” may be true, but that President did lie, after first defiling the Oval Office.  More recently someone (4, actually) did die, and the President lied about the circumstances associated with that.  And so did the Secretary of State.  And so did the ‘Fourth Estate.’  And to go one better, the President even lied about lying with respect to the “Affordable Care Act,” (we all have seen the clips) which was hammered through an opaque Senate even before anyone had a chance to ‘read it to see what’s in it’ by a totally partisan vote (after the President had promised ‘transparency’ and ‘bipartisanship’ if he were elected). The results are atrocious and ‘ObamaCare, the Pride of the Presidency’ has had the President’s name removed from the title so as not to be associated with the debacle, and now it’s someone else’s fault.

There’s lots more (like bypassing Congress by issuing Executive Orders), but either the point’s been made or we, the citizenry, are blind.

Unethical is not a strong enough word.  These transgressions are blatant and should be treated as illegal.  The Constitution is, after all, the law of the land, not to be arbitrarily cast aside.

The sad part of all this is that no one seems to be surprised; it’s just ‘business as usual.’  We accept lying as a part of politics, and life generally as well.  Moral relativism has become the rule.

ANOTHER News Flash:  THIS IS NOT OK.

Peggy Noonan, in “Our Selfish ‘Public Servants’” (Wall Street Journal, January 18-19, 2014), estimates that 90% of members of Congress “are driven by their own needs, wants and interests, not America’s.” Politicians of both parties (now there’s an interesting term…) “act like bosses who think the voters work for them.” Given the current state of the economy, jobs and finances, we ought to demand better, but that’s not happening.  “It was political selfishness that blew up the American health care system and it’s the public…that’s left holding the bag.”  That’s us, folks—you and me.

Are you ethical?  Not if all this is OK with you and you don’t act on it.  In a nutshell, Ethics = Truth, and Morality = Honesty (applied truth).  Read more about it at www.extremeethics.org and enjoy the blogs while you’re at it.  We all have truth and honesty at our disposal, and you can’t go wrong using them.

What do you think?

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