After the election the media gleefully brought us stories of people who were fearful of what a President Trump might do. Many were afraid of being deported. Others lived in fear of hate crimes. They recited what they had been told to believe. Their words only emphasized America’s need for fear, respect, and trust. Threats of a Trump overreach show just how skewed the country’s values became under a sorry combination of Barack Obama and too much liberal lunacy.
When the ends justify the means government ethics is an anachronism. Classic abuses like corruption in office are difficult to ignore and are usually punished sooner or later. Sneaky bad behaviors like spreading propaganda and disinformation are subtle and do more damage because they are harder to spot and can influence millions.
Capitol Hill still hasn’t rid Washington of insider trading. Like term limits, that’s going to be a very difficult ethics rule to get everyone to agree to but at least it’s a conflict we know about.
Government ethics: the worst problems hide
The worst types of unethical behavior are the ones we don’t see coming. They undermine what America stands for and what we believe in. Examples are political rhetoric that distorts the truth, pandering to big money donors, and selecting special interests for legislative favoritism. All of these things point to how government ethics falls by the wayside when opportunity knocks.
The ethics of winning and losing
The rise and fall of Hillary Rodham Clinton and lingering anger among her supporters speaks volumes about America's ability to look the other way when confronted with ethical lapses.
With Donald Trump in charge ethics is about foreign interference in our government. Robert Mueller took the first head with the Manafort indictment. Now we’re warned that Michael Flynn could be another thorn in the administration’s foot in a scandal that likely won’t go away and may never be resolved.
On Capitol Hill government ethics has turned to harassment and sexual misconduct. America wanted bipartisanship, now a scandal that’s causing problems for both parties is giving us what we asked for.
What is the Government Ethics category about?
The government ethics category is about what happens when political opportunity takes precedence over doing the right thing. From fake politics to outright thievery, as long as there is money and power to be had ethics will be an inconvenience best ignored.
Barack Obama has something going for him that Donald Trump never will. He’s not a white guy.
Wetbacks? Race card is the only weapon left.
To his credit, Obama didn’t play the race card in his own defense. Others did it for him, including ex-president Jimmy Carter early in the president’s first term.1 Using race as a weapon is the sort of low blow politicians stoop to when pushing unpopular policy gets dicey.
Jail doesn’t pay very well, though if you are locked up your career is only part of your problem. There are better options. A career as a public servant can be very lucrative. $174,000 a year, the starting salary for members of Congress, is more than three times the median U.S. household income.1 It’s not a tremendous amount of money, but most Americans would trade their jobs for it in an instant if given the chance.
Police faced with bodies lying in the hot summer streets of a big city are a far cry from jargon-laden comments issued by the Justice Dept. and Attorney General Loretta Lynch about youth, guns, and violence:
In addition to our federal efforts, we are advancing a number of comprehensive, collaborative initiatives with state and local partners – because we understand that the best way to make a difference in communities is to work hand-in-hand with the people who live and work in our communities every day.
We don’t need another bad president. Bad presidents cause problems. They are hard to control. Often they want to stick around after one term. We have to waste time and money fixing their mistakes and dealing with the irresponsible things their advisors do. What America really needs is a queen and a royal family, not a president.