Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A New Oath Of Office

At the Waxman hearing, as they were swearing in the witnesses, "Do you promise to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you, God," the thought occurred to me that, gee, this would make a nice oath of office.

"I promise to tell the truth and nothing but the truth for the next four years, so help me, God."

Athough politicians might argue that officeholders should not be held to such narrow constraints, the Info Age is increasingly embarrassing them all into telling the truth.

Is their world view based on fact or presumption?

John McCain, a GOP candidate for president who has just restarted his "Straight Talk Express" bus, was recently asked whether condoms prevent sexually transmitted diseases. He said he'd first have to read an article on the subject written by an ultra-conservative that he had been given but hadn't read yet. The innocent!

Hope he is able to reconcile the presumptions with the facts. Perhaps he will be able to reconcile the presumers with reality as well.

Hoping to hide their liability on the attorney-firing case in a blizzard of messages, the Justice Department last night sent copies of 3000 emails to the House Committee On The Judiciary, emails which you can now read here.

Suddenly every government administrator has been put on notice that an email sent today - even a Blackberry message - may tomorrow be on public view. The whole world is watching their every move.

The judgment of the world is inescapable.

Tell the truth, George.

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