Pelosian Ethics Dr. Michael L. Ford 9 April 2007 Frankly I am not concerned about whether Speaker of the House violated the Logan Act of 1798 or not. The past Presidents of the United States, like the recent one, have so consistently failed to enforce it that the statute has no meaning. They allow people like Sandy Burger to steal with impunity and jump on some little thief from the National Archives when he follows their bad example. Most of the time when someone big in the government wants to “get someone” they “sic” the IRS on them. Speaker Pelosi has joined an elite group of people who think they are somehow entitled to speak for the United States to foreign powers without being elected to the Chief Executive position by the people or appointed as Secretary of State. Just a few of these are Billy Carter, past president “Jimmy” Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cynthia McKinney, and Pastor Rick Warren. All of these people in my opinion have the same ethical failure. But since, for each one the failure is a personal one, it must be characterized in a personal manner. So, Pelosi has Pelosian Ethics and Billy Carter had Billybobbian Ethics. What they are going to do depends on their own delusions of self entitlement to act. Madame Pelosi did not become confused about which office she had won when elected Speaker of the House. Her ethical shortcomings did not spring into existence with an inflated ego when her status was suddenly elevated beyond all past experience. Position gave her opportunity to expose the attitude that the world should go along with any authority she should deign to assume, but it was already present and has shown up in the past. But, at what exact point in life any person suddenly wakes with the false belief “life is all about me” cannot be so readily determined. The influence of evolutionary thinking might well play a role with its teaching of the “Survival of the Fittest,” but I think the problem is even bigger. We have been producing people who live apart from any idea of ultimate accountability for some time. And, our product looks down upon its fellow humans as less evolved than their self. In this present time it is not surprising to find people who’s idea of what is right happens to be whatever they say it is.
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