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(29,406 posts)
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:40 PM Dec 2020

It's beyond time to establish a duty of care standard for politicians, with respect to constituents.

Their oath has now been shown to be positively meaningless. They are in positions of trust yet there is no duty of care. Trump, for example, can decide not to distribute vaccines, and with no duty to us, he doesn’t have to.

In a country of dying, starving, suffering people, McConnell uses his position to grant favors as he wishes and blithely prevents voting on help needed by those in dire straits. There is something gravely wrong with this picture. Conflict of interest rules don’t even have any teeth. It’s positively revoltingly immoral.

Wincing here over a simple glass of red that so many, many thousands would love to be able to enjoy, but they are impoverished, in pain or suffering the loss of a loved one... or working endless hours to help others simply stay alive.

No real effort by republicons because no legal duty, and moral duty has now been proven to carry no weight. We need some fundamental, structural change here, people, eh?

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(15,805 posts)
1. Get the money out of politics.
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:47 PM
Dec 2020

Go make a fortune in the private sector, but If they are elected that's a public service job. It means exactly, they are there it serve the public good.


(29,406 posts)
5. Yes, this too, it's the same cesspool-schoolyard. Get wealthy, repay favors, screw the voters.
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:53 PM
Dec 2020

No accountability.


(3,439 posts)
3. I'm basically against the death sentence...
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:55 PM
Dec 2020

but in the case of politicians enriching themselves & killing those who thought they cared, execute them.

If you have ever made money off the death of another human being, (excluding insurance on a loved one or family member) you deserve to die, by your own government.


(7,769 posts)
6. Too many business, corporate types have taken over the govt -- everything going on right now is
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:13 PM
Dec 2020

old hat for corporations. The USA is NOT a business and should not be run like one.

on edit: just noticed your "separation of corporation & state" meme -- right on!!!


(2,631 posts)
7. Agreed, we have Civil service exams for lower levels, and fiduciary rules for money managers.There
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 11:57 PM
Dec 2020

should be a minimum standards exam for all politicians and a Duty of Care pledge. Heck, I believe Board of Directors of public corporation carry more responsibility. So in a nutshell - Yes, you are on the right track.


(29,406 posts)
12. So true! Mgrs and directors of publicly traded companies, however small, have far higher standards
Sat Dec 19, 2020, 03:50 PM
Dec 2020

to adhere to than congresscritters.


(7,630 posts)
8. Perhaps we need to better define and punish malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance in office
Sat Dec 19, 2020, 02:24 AM
Dec 2020

We have acting heads of federal regulatory agencies whose goal is to dismantle or destroy the agencies for which they work. They are saboteurs and should be held accountable.

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