Sunday, January 21, 2007

To hold a public servant honestly accountable requires;

the institution of a system under which all allegations will be adjudged.

It will be free of the undue influence of even the most powerful public servant. It will be an impartial consideration of the whole truth. The consideration will be made according to agreed upon principles. There will be no retribution; there will be no retaliation. There will be no cover up.

There will be accountability in a manner that inspires our children to accountability in their own lives.

Children learn about honest accountability by the example that is set for them; and only by the example that is set for them. It seems that every generation expects the next generation to be the first to hold itself honestly accountable to a higher standard of conduct.

For the most, children fall short of the standard that we set for them. Rarely do they fall short of the example that we set for them.

Someone else first wrote that, we should not be so worried that our children are not listening to us; as we should be worried that they are watching us.

That kind of accountability. And to a meaningful standard of conduct.

The meaning of, a meaningful standard of conduct, will be the expressed will of stakeholders. The terms of public service are the prerogative of the public; and not of the public servant.

In form at least, it must be unequivocal. It will mean what it means. There will be no technicalities, no loopholes, and there will be no legal weaselry.

In essence; any public servant is accountable to the public; honestly accountable. They are accountable to the standard of conduct that the public determines. Within their public service, they will use our power and resources in the public interest, and with absolute transparency. They will create a system under which it is impossible to conceal incompetence and corruption.

There will be no self exception from the rules.

There will be no privileged class.

So how is that a bad thing?

You can't say no, if you can't say why.

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