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swipe share from the Prince’s old buddy, Jack Marshall (Mr. Marshall directed one of the Prince’s plays, way back in the last century). As you’ll see with the briefest of readings, not only is Jack Marshall, Esq. a Renaissance Man, he’s a committed Ethics Warrior. Over at his site, Ethics Alarms, he regularly lays the wood to the unprincipled, the morally lax, and the downright skeevy.
The crown jewel of his ethical art has to be his yearly roundup of miscreants and creeps, The Sixth Annual Ethics Alarms Awards: The Worst of Ethics 2014 (Part 1). Below, I’ve presented just a sample of his bludgeoning of some of the most ethically compromised figures of the year. Really, read the whole thing! (and, after your shower, take a moment to thank Jack for selflessly diving into the muck all year so you didn’t have to)
2014 was the year of the Ethics Train Wreck. They were coming so fast that they were getting tangled up with each other, and old wrecks from past years started rolling again, or the damage that was triggered a year ago or more started kicking in. I don’t know if every year really is more ethics free than the year before, or that it just feels that way because I’m getting better at sniffing it out. By any standards, it was a wretched year, with epic ethical misconduct across the culture. But I can’t stall any more: let’s wade into it. There will be more installments this year, so the misery is coming in smaller bites. You’re welcome.
Ethics Train Wreck of the Year
It’s a tie!
The Ferguson Ethics Train Wreck and The Obama Administration Ethics Train Wreck
The obvious winner is the Ferguson Ethics Train Wreck, which has managed to hook up with the 2012 winner, The Trayvon Martin- George Zimmerman Ethics Train Wreck, as well as a the sub-EthicsTrain Wreck attached to the death of Eric Garner, to further degrade U.S. race relations, undermine the stability of numerous cities, get several people, including the recently assassinated NYC police officers killed, revive race riots, give vile demagogue Al Sharpton unprecedented power and influence, and pick up such distinguished riders as President Obama, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, New York Mayor de Blasio. It is also still barreling along at top speed after many months, and is a good bet to continue its carnage well into 2015.
Yet, it became clear to me this summer with this post that the entire Obama Administration has become an Ethics Train Wreck, and one that is neck-and-neck with the one spawned in Ferguson in threatening short and long-term damage. Incompetence, dishonestly, lack of transparency and arrogance have hardened cynicism in the public, corrupted the ethical values of defenders, let journalists to disgrace themselves, and fertilized festering potential disasters internationally and domestically. This is also, I now see, a wreck of long duration that started in 2009, and had gathered momentum with every year. It also has sparked other wrecks, including the one that now keeps it from being the sole 2014 winner. How much damage will The Obama Administration Ethics Train Wreck do in 2015? Which agency or department will prove itself to be corrupt, incompetent and mismanaged, which official will continue in a post after proving himself unfit to serve, which inept pronouncement or abuse of power will further degrade American trust and freedom?
I’m not looking forward to learning the answers. (Read more HERE)