When I heard on the radio Saturday that Bush was making people take ethics classes this week -- I had to yell the news out the window to my husband while he was cutting the grass. I couldn't believe it!!
He just shook his head and kept on cuttin'.
Res explains it better than anyone:
This week, we learned that the President is ordering his staff to take a ‘refresher course’ in ethics.
The news reports about the upcoming “ethics refreshers” at the White House all say that the classes will focus on the handling of classified information. Mr. President, that’s not ethical training. That’s teaching people not to violate the law ...but I think I made it clear that compliance with the law is hardly the major substance of a truly ethical life.
We are not impressed, Mr. President. We expect our elected officials to be better than “good enough to not get indicted”.
be clear about this, Mr. President. Most of us have come to accept the
juvenile, manipulative gaming that passes for political campaigns
today. It is loathsome and humiliating to us, but we accept it because
no one has yet figured out how else to do politics on TV. Neil Postman
was right; TV was made for entertainment, and when you put politics on
TV, it becomes entertainment.
But governance is not entertainment. When the campaign is over, we expect you to quit dicking around and act in a manner appropriate to the authority with which we have vested you.
Is it too much to ask that you hold the White House staff to a standard of moral excellence rather than merely doing what it takes to get away with it?
The answer to that question may be “Yes, it is”, but you should know that no one will be satisfied with that, and it would explain a lot about your poll numbers.
Read the whole thing here.