2018 Ethics Retrospective Poll #2 and #3: “Unethical Profession Of The Year” And “Incompetent Elected Official”

The effort to prompt some input into the 2018 Ethics Alarms Awards will obviously continue for another day or two, as my promise to “be posting these periodically during the day and evening” was foiled by intervening priorities yesterday.  There are two polls this time (here was the first, still open), and again, please don’t hesitate to expand on your votes.

Nominations for “Unethical Profession Of The Year”

Once, there was never any question about the “winner” of this  category: it was inevitably educators or, more often, journalists. One of the horrible consequences the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck, however, is that almost all the professions dived into the muck, sought headlines by making the kind of biased and irresponsible statements that society depends on professionals to eschew, and they have continued their self-debasement ever since. While journalists and educators—in this I include all academics as well as teachers and administrators, have still disgraced themselves beyond debate—they have real competition now. Each profession nominated will be linked to a representative Ethics Alarms post. The nominees are…

Nominations for “Most Incompetent Elected Official”

This is an official Ethics Alarms category, so the nominees are easy to identify. Not all of the honored this past year made the cut. Click on the links if you don’t recall why they are here, or just peruse the category. Generally an elected official makes this list by showing that he or she doesn’t understand the Constitution or demonstrating ignorance or stupidity incompatible with civic leadership.

One more point: this is the kind of exercise that gets me branded as a partisan. There are five Democrats below, and you know, I could have justifiably included 20 more. If I somehow missed a Republican who has no idea what impeachment is, or who advocated mobs harassing White House officials in restaurants, or who expressed a desire to eliminate the freedom of speech, or who stated that political views justified the removal of the presumption of innocence, or who decided that responsible metropolitan management consisted of letting rioters run amuck, by all means let me know about them. I can’t help it if the Democratic Party is engaged in the process of rejecting Democracy.

The nominees…

 

27 thoughts on “2018 Ethics Retrospective Poll #2 and #3: “Unethical Profession Of The Year” And “Incompetent Elected Official”

  1. To me, all the professions on the list save one are performing their jobs, and acting unethically on the side.

    Only one of the professions has acted so unethically that they are no longer even doing their job. The winner (or loser) then is… journalists. And it’s really not close.

    • When the Catholic Church is complicit in child molestation from the top down, it’s hard to say they’re still doing their job.

        • The numbers of sex abuse cases is about the same percentage as we see in education,and Boy Scouts and other similar organizations. The problem is the administrations that keep trying to cover it up. But the majority or priests, teachers, and scout masters are innocent. They administrations that try to cover these few abuses up make maters appear much worse by their actions. The practitioners of these professions that are innocent, should not be tried by association, particularly since in many cases they sound the alarm. The bishops, clergy and school administrations that assist in cover ups are just as guilty. If they take no action to stop it.

      • It is mostly adult men abusing post-pubescent boys. Not child molestation. It is, apparently, largely the case of homosexual priests going after boys and grooming them. Still, can’t dispute your conclusion.

        • I’ll take two different angles.

          Jack has previously attacked the argument deflecting away from the ‘pedophile’ charge because the perpetrator picks pubescent or post pubescent minors.

          Do you have statistical evidence to back that up? My anecdotal experience in the area is a parish priest who liked them very young and didn’t have a gender preference.

          • The evidence should be fairly easy to find if you are looking for it. My comment was based on the victim profiles that showed approximately 82% of the victims were post-pube boys.

      • I have them second. I’m sure most priests are trying to do their job and help their congregation. I don’t think there’s a single journalist (that I know of) still doing his or her job, as I see it.

        • I am hard pressed to disagree, Valentine. At least none on TV, or anywhere in the Mainstream (progressive) media.

          Fox does not have one, either.

          Perhaps James O’Keefe (Project Veritas)? Sterling Beard (Campus Reform)?

  2. Not to be out done, Ted Wheeler deserves two 2018 nominations. In the typical left is right, up is down bizarro progressive world, people who are getting their free speech rights violated are a problem. He tried and failed several times to ban a local right wing group from protesting, against the city’s attorney’s advice. At least 3 of the 5 council members have functional brains.

    https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2018/11/14/portland-city-council-rejects-mayors-plan-to-restrict-violent-protests/

    At least here the police are grasping who is the problem. The keep the sides separate and inevitably the ANTIFA side turns violent. It’s not so obvious to most Portlanders though, they keep complaining that the police pick on one side.

    • It’s amazing – I haven’t been following this story, and after reading your linked article, I still have no idea what the proposed ordinance said. I have a lot of conjecture – one side hopes it will have this effect, or the other side is concerned that it’s unconstitutional – but not once in that entire article was the ordinance explained in clear terms (or any terms, really). Add to that the fact that debate and public comment on the proposed ordinance was apparently abnormally curtailed, and it seems a bit less likely to be innocent journalistic oversight. Perhaps I’m a cynic.

  3. Al Green’s about tipping Guam over if too many soldiers are stationed there suggests this guy is less competent than a slug even without his relentless demands for articles of impeachment. He must represent some rather very forgiving constituents.

  4. Sorry, I know lawyers are an obvious choice, but I cannot get passed Cohen and Avenatti. Again, the complete and total disregard for an established code of professional ethics by members of that very profession.

    • No argument there. But as Jack said, he could have justifiably added many more Democrats to the list (my first vote would be for Nancy Pelosi), but refrained due, in my opinion, to people misunderstanding and/or caring nothing for ethics, therefore unable or unwilling to recognize or do anything about Unethical behavior, Instead, they just count up how many on each “side” and thus draw wrong (and unethical) conclusions.

  5. I went with Journalists and Clergy. I couldn’t really decide between them, but the Catholic church has doubled down their unethical behavior this year, and I’ve seen some signs that Journalists are realizing how far out they’ve gone. I can’t think of specific cases off hand, but I remember the feeling of pleasant surprise in a few cases.

    For the individual, I went with wheeler, with Waters a close second. A mayor deciding a whole group of people where outside police protection and actively making that happen, in effect turning the police force into a politically motivated protection racket, seemed a tad worse than advocating harassment by fellow citizens. I could easily be convinced the other way. I don’t see the others as real competition for those 2.

  6. Here’s my problem…psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers have written codes of ethics. They differ from state to state, but are similar in most. Violating those ethics can be license lifting. As far as I know, none of the other pr4ofessions listed do. So faced with a choice of 2 devils, I chose the one from which I retired…Mental Health Professionals.

  7. Educators. By a mile. We see the immediate effects of unethical journalists daily. But unethical educators are sowing the seeds of our destruction for years and years to come. An educated mass can see through the lies and treachery of the journalism establishment. An uneducated mass cannot.

    Educators therefore get my vote.

  8. Nominations for “Unethical Profession Of The Year”

    I voted for journalists and only journalists because the profession is overwhelming unethical especially since President Trump took office.

    As for the rest of the professions list; I can’t justify condemning the whole profession because there are some bad apples.

    Nominations for “Most Incompetent Elected Official”

    Oath of Office – President of the United States of America
    “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.”

    Oath of Office – Congress
    “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

    Oath of Office -Portland Oregon Mayor
    “I , (name), do solemnly (affirm or swear) I will support the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Oregon; Charter of the City of Portland and its laws; I will faithfully, honestly and ethically perform my duties as (Mayor/Commissioner/Auditor); I have no undisclosed financial interest in any business located in Portland or having contracts with the City; I hold no other office or position of profit; and I am not a member of any partisan political committee (; so help me God).”

    Based on their Oath of Office, I voted for everyone except President Trump. Why would I do that even though I’m not a fan of Trump the unethical man that he is; it’s because in my opinion the others have shown me that they are anti-constitution and likely lied when they stated their oath of office. Their partisan words and actions since they took their oath of office show me that they do/did not take their oath seriously and in my opinion that makes them incompetent to perform their job; President Trump has not show me that, he appears to take his oath very seriously. If you hate President Trump then you’ll likely disagree with me on this.

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      Based on their Oath of Office, I voted for everyone except President Trump. Why would I do that even though I’m not a fan of Trump the unethical man that he is; it’s because in my opinion the others have shown me that they are anti-constitution and likely lied when they stated their oath of office. Their partisan words and actions since they took their oath of office show me that they do/did not take their oath seriously and in my opinion that makes them incompetent to perform their job; President Trump has not show me that, he appears to take his oath very seriously. If you hate President Trump then you’ll likely disagree with me on this.

    • Additionally: I think all the people listed need to read and fully understand that annoying little thing that was part of their Oath of Office – the Constitution of the United States of America.

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