It’s apparent that Ethics 101 either wasn’t required at Penn State UniversityÂ or that Nittany LionsÂ coachesÂ also slept through it.Â Meanwhile, in Washington, President Barack Hussein ObamaÂ has made such a farce ofÂ ethics inÂ the federalÂ government it’s hard to believe he understands the meaning of the word.Â Â
Ethics was a tough subject although its essence can be reduced to theÂ study of moral principles and their applicability to rules of conduct.Â Dictionary.com provides a more detailed definition:Â “ThatÂ branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.”Â Â
In turn, that definition can beÂ summarized to doingÂ the right thing just because it is the right thing to do.Â Â
Many wrongs are associated with recently-publicized events at PSU.Â Some may be termed ethical lapses of omission.Â TheyÂ include Coach Joe Paterno’s failure to notify law enforcement authorities, university administrators covering up perfidious behavior, and Coach Mike McQueary’s grossly negligence in not interceding on behalf of a 10 year old boy being raped in a school shower room.Â Â Â
The most profound ethical failures committedÂ have been attributedÂ to Coach Jerry Sandusky, illegalities and moral turpitude whichÂ allegedly continued for some 15 years, from his initial molestations of young boys to McQueary’s witnessing Sandusky violatingÂ the ten year old.Â
Both Sandusky and McQueary are Penn State graduates but so too are theÂ other 557,000 alumni of that immense and still great school.Â A few rotten apples can spoil a barrelful but a handful can’t spoil an outstanding university.Â Now that they have been exposed, they will be prosecuted and victimsÂ will be compensated even if that compensation can never wipe clear the memories of what they suffered.Â
ObamaÂ andÂ the administration he leads haveÂ been caughtÂ in numerous ethical breaches but, thanks to his mainstream media andÂ stonewalling lackeys, so far they have gotten away withÂ such breachesÂ and only time will tell whether they ultimatelyÂ ”come home to roost,” to quote his pastor or 20 years.Â
Barack Obama campaigned on andÂ pledged transparency and ethical conduct, pledges he replaced withÂ the most opaque and unethical administration since Nixon.Â Ironically, in light of the PSU scandal,Â Obama even employed a “school safety czar,” Kevin Jennings, who had been accused of complicity in the same repulsive behavior as Jerry Sandusky.Â
Nevertheless, he felt compelled to weigh in on the Penn StateÂ through his mouthpiece, press secretary Jay Carney,Â whoÂ used the words “outrageous” and “disgusting” to describe what happened there.
The next day, the president himself went on radio to mouthÂ rambling platitudes:Â ”And I think it’s a good time for the entire country to do some soul-searching–not just Penn State. . . our No. 1 priority has to be protecting our kids.Â And every institution has to examine how they operate, and every individual has to take responsibility for making sure that our kids are protected.” (http://bit.ly/rKI386)Â Â Â
When Mr. Obama referred to “our kids,” he must only have been referencing the First Kids, Malia and Sasha, and not the millions of pre-born babies he has endorsed killing, perhaps to save them from people like Czar Kevin Jennings.
It’s common knowledge that, absent his trusty teleprompters and rehearsals,Â this president says the damnedest and most damning things as when he admitted his socialistic bent of sharing the wealth to Joe the Plumber and when he demeaned Special Olympics kids on Leno.
He also let loose an admission to D.C. high school students in September by blurting out, â€œI did not love every class I took.Â I wasnâ€™t always paying attention the way I should have.Â I remember when I was in 8th grade I had to take a class called ethics.Â Now, ethics is about right and wrong, but if youâ€™d ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade, it was basketball.Â I donâ€™t think ethics would have made it on the list.â€Â (http://bit.ly/qyfERl)
The admission was a surprise,Â theÂ truth it revealedÂ concerning his understanding of ethical conduct was not.Â
As he demonstrated during his brief tenure as a United States senator, ObamaÂ cares more about the survival of golden-winged warblers thanÂ he does about human beings’ unalienable right to life, he cares more aboutÂ anarchist and terrorist rights than he does aboutÂ veterans and flag-burning, he cares more aboutÂ homosexual demands than he does about the sanctity of marriage. Â (http://bit.ly/rPyXAW)Â Â
President ObamaÂ needn’t have told those high schoolers that he didn’t think much of ethics.Â He has given ethics in government the same priority Jerry Sandusky gave the subject at Penn State.Â Another reminder to both of them.Â Ethics:Â ”values, rightness and wrongness, goodness and badness.”