Sunday, January 25, 2009

Honor among theives?

Not long ago Oliver Thomas upped on the "Don't Snitch" pledge and refused to even talk to DoJ officials after making very pubic admissions of guilt and pledging to make it right. He isn't even a good "Stand Up Guy". A "Stand Up Guy" would have "taken the fifth " from the beginning and "taken the fall" for his crew.

I am in many ways antique, I believe in nineteenth century ideas of honor, like the VMI honor code which says simply,
A cadet does not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do.
Similarly the United States Military and Air Force Academy codes are virtually identical.

The college of William and Mary established a similar code in 1779 and during orientation every student pledges;
As a Member of the William & Mary community I pledge, on my Honor, not to lie, cheat, or steal in either my academic or personal life. I understand that such acts violate the Honor Code and undermine the community of trust of which we are all stewards.
At the beginning of every elected official's term they are "sworn in". The President takes an oath which says,
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
I wonder why we, in Louisiana and New Orleans don't enact a similar tradition, making it an offense, punishable by summary dismissal, for any elected official not to "rat" on anyone who either makes an illegal offer or takes one.
As an Servant of the People of the State of Louisiana I pledge, on my Honor, not to lie, cheat, or steal in either my public or personal life, nor tolerate those who do. .
I am not naive enough to believe that the crooks won't take the oath and snicker up their sleeves at the fools who elected them, but at least we could employ "secret shoppers" to ferret out the potential crooks.

1 comment:

Amy said...

I was recently watching a documentry on prisons and the prisoners were talking about the honor code and how the old thugs think very differently than the new thugs coming into the prison system. I think that can be said for the people in power, too. It seems like the old corrupt politicans, though still corrupt, still did SOME good. The new breed of corruption, like those running our city, do no good and look out only for themselves. And dinner with their wives on tax payer money.