Friday, September 4, 2009

The Honor Code


The honor code. A very simple thing. Most colleges have them. At The Citadel it was strictly enforced. Zero tolerance. If found guilty of an honor code violation, you were immediately expelled. No second chances.
A Cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.
Honor is not only about your own actions, but also holding others who violate the code accountable. This should be added to the oath our elected officials take. It should be in lock step with the part about defending our Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. We could stand a little more honor in DC.
A US Congress member does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. How many of our current members would pass this muster.

2 comments:

  1. I fear it is to great a code for the elected officials to follow. We know the pain that this elegantly simple code can impose. Duty and Honor are rare in these times for certain.

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  2. Immediately expelled.

    I would imagine that the top-ranking official would at least review the case before deciding to go ahead with expulsion.

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