Christopher Monckton in his excellent WND Commentary article
has brought out a page of a blast from the past regarding a Code of Ethics that all New Member Congressmen and Congresswomen are introduced to, but not made to adhere to.
The following regards House Concurrent Resolution 175, from the 85th Congress, second session in the year 1958, regarding 72 Stat. , Part 2, B12, and is titled the "Code of Ethics for Government Service." Since this “Code of Ethics” was passed as a resolution, it is a suggested guide for conduct which appears in the House of Representatives Member’s manual, but it is (as I understand it) stressed upon to them in their New Members Orientation classes that while it is a bar to aim for, it is NOT legally binding (or words to this effect).
@ page 355 in the 2008 House of Representatives Manual, linked above.
72 Stat., Part 2, B12 (1958), H. Con. Res. 175, 85th Cong.
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is
the sense of the Congress that the following Code of Ethics should be adhered to by all Government employees, including office holders:
CODE OF ETHICS FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Any person in Government service should:
1. Put loyalty to the highest moral principals and to country above loyalty to
Government persons, party, or department.
2. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and
of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.
3. Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay; giving to the performance of his
duties his earnest effort and best thought.
4. Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks
5. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to
anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept for himself or his
family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by
reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.
6. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a
Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public
7. Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly
which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental
8. Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of
governmental duties as a means for making private profit.
9. Expose corruption wherever discovered.
10. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.
(Passed July 11, 1958.)
Page 4, Footnote #2:
“Code of Ethics for Government Service ¶ 10, H. Con. Res. 175, 72 Stat., pt. 2, B12 (adopted July 11, 1958) (contained in the appendices to this Manual). This creed, the motto of the Grover Cleveland administration, has been voiced by such notables as Edmund Burke (Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)), Charles Sumner (speech, U.S. Senate (May 31, 1872)), as well as Henry
Clay (see note 1, supra).”
1 Speech at Ashland, Kentucky, March 1829. Henry Clay was Speaker of the House of Representatives during 1811-1814, 1815-1820, and 1823-1825.
And for your Entertainment, just when Andre Rieu thought his Concerts round the world career was coming to an end, and things couldn't be restored and made bigger and better and even more prosperous in his round the world concerts, he gave a farewell performance.
In only a couple years, he would be back, more popular than ever with a $6,000,000 stage castle, and more entertainment that continues to this very day.
We need to work for the day when our Government is reformed, a large segment of Government Corruption is weeded out, and our Republic of the United States as founded and put forth in our Bill of Rights ratified Constitution might have the above code of ethics as something of a law written upon the hearts of Congress and joyfully practiced and adhered to. It is a good goal to desire, at any rate; and we should not abandon goals that are good because there are others who are evil. That's my input, anyway. Peace.