How to elect people with integrity: 1. People who think of their integrity as non-negotiable have the strength and the willingness to act in ways that align with their moral standards.
2. People whose moral judgment is independent of external influence are more willing to resist pressure from authorities and confront wrongdoing.
3. People who feel in control of their lives and have a strong sense of moral responsibility are less likely to comply with unethical requests.
Four ways to elect honest representatives:
1.Trust your eyes and compare notes with others.
2. Wise up to weasel words, aka rationalization.
3. Show up–review and report.
4. Who do you serve?
We didn’t pay attention to the character of those we elected. We thought it was OK if their characters slipped a little here and a little there. If there ever has been a reason to vote for men and women of impeccable ethics, this is it. Our children. If there ever has been a reason to pay attention to the actions of our elected representatives, this is it: those who come after us.