Required course on ethics for politicians?
August 7, 2010 1:54 PM Subscribe
I would like all new elected and appointed officials -- from Congress all the way on down to appointed officials at the municipal level -- to be required to take a minimum 20 hour course on ethics and civic responsibility. How would I go about getting Congress to pass this as a new law?
posted by pallen123 to Law & Government (27 answers total)
I'm just an ordinary dude. I'm not a politician or a moneyed corporate executive or lobbyist. I'm a dude that's fed up with all the corruption in local, county, state, and federal politics. I don't know the numbers but I'm guessing at least 30% of our elected and appointed officials are significantly crooked -- meaning they look the other way when they're duty bound to do otherwise or they brazenly skirt the law to line their pocketbooks or campaign coffers.
I'm thinking that a simple course on ethics and the law might be a very effective way to persuade many of the crooks to act nobly. At least a few of them. Why not start with a required course for everyone? The course could review a sampling of the probes and indictments that have led to major fines or prison terms. It could review the many existing laws forbidding things like bribery and blackmail. Any maybe, in the same way that nurses and doctors and lawyers have to regularly take continuing education courses to keep their licenses, politicians would have to take a refresher course-let each year to stay in office or run for office again.
I'm just brainstorming here.
It seems like something like this might be politically tenable.
How would I go about proposing this and has it been done before? Not as punishment, but as preventative measures?