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University of the East Graduate School Lecture Series on Accountability & Governance, Manila, Philippines, August 18, 2010

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  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTION AND DISHONOR
    James P. Wesberry, Jr.
    Where corruption flourishes,
    honor perishes
    When dishonor is admired,
    integrity
    has
    expired
    Graduate School
    Lecture Series on
    Accountability and Governance
    Manila, Philippines - August 18, 2010
    1
  • Magandanghapon
    Preface
    The definition of
    Wisdom
    2
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Faith in God
    is the
    definition of
    Wisdom
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    3
  • Integrity is telling myself
    the truth and
    Honestyis telling
    the truth
    to other people.
    Spencer Johnson
    INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    4
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    FadingHonor…..
    “Honor” is an endangered word…a devalued verbal currency.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    5
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    The anonymity of the megacity has relegated honor to the garbageheap of history. Personal invisibility within the mass of humanity has obviated the need to be honorable or even honest. Who cares what others think?
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    6
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
    - Proverbs 22:1
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    7
  • Simultaneously
    with the
    diminishing
    importance of
    honor
    its meaning is being
    diluted into
    n o t h i n g n e s s
    INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    8
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Honor, though not yet dead,
    like the proverbial old soldier of the ballad…
    is just fadingaway
    Ballad: Old Soldiers Never Die ----There is an old cookhouse, far far away Where we get pork and beans, three times a day. Beefsteak we never see, damn-all sugar for our tea And we are gradually fading away. Old soldiers never die, Never die, never die, Old soldiers never die They just fade away.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    9
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud
    - Sophocles
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    10
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    It is best to live with honor for just a day than with dishonor for many decades
    - Sri SathyaSai Baba, Indian Spiritual Leader
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    11
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Honorificabilitudinitatibus
    • Honorificabilitudinity
    • Honorableness
    • Honorability
    • Honorable
    • Honoree
    • Hon.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    12
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Is HONOR fading away too?
    • Will it become obsolete?
    • Do we, as individuals, deserve to be honored?
    • Do our parents and families deserve to be honored?
    • Does our country deserve to be honored?
    • Does it make any difference anymore?
    • If honor fades away, what will replace it?
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    13
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    What is an Honorable Man? (1)
    • An honorable man is one who deserves honor. He deserves honor because of his character.
    • A man whose children look up to him as an example of a great father deserves honor.
    • A man whose wife can respect and love him for his integrity, honesty, and faithfulness deserves honor.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    14
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    What is an Honorable Man? (2)
    • A man whose family and friends respect him for his decency and goodness deserves honor.
    • A man who holds the intent to live the best life he can, deserves honor.
    • A man who dedicates his life to making the world a better place, deserves honor.
    • Honorable men are those whose lives inspire us, enrich our world, and make the planet better by being here.- Jennifer Jones
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    15
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    A person is not given integrity.
    It results from
    the relentless
    pursuit of honesty
    at all times
    -author unknown
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    16
  • Integrity + Honesty + Accountability
    + Ethics + Credibility
    = HONORABILITY
    Corruption + Fraud + Bribery
    + Irresponsibility + Inveracity
    =DISHONOR
    INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    The Character Equations
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    17
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • It is no longer always a disgrace, blemish or stigma to be corrupt, dishonest or dishonorable.
    • Contempt for formerly high standards is now often worn as an ornament of pride, rather than a blemish of shame.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    18
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    SHAME
    must be made
    fashionable
    Jose Marti, Cuban Patriot
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    19
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    In the Orwellian “Newspeak” of 2010:
    DISGRACEFUL ACTS
    ARE HONORABLE
    CORRUPTION IS
    OPPORTUNITY
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    20
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    TODAY
    The pollution of the human character is a far worse danger than environmental contamination or global warming
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    21
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Since an intelligence common to us all makes things known to us and formulates them in our minds, honorable actions are ascribed by us to virtue, and dishonorable actions to vice; and only a madman would conclude that these judgments are matters of opinion, and not fixed by nature.
    - Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    22
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    I hope that I shall always possess
    Firmness and virtue enough
    to maintain what I consider
    the most enviable of all titles,
    the character of an Honest Man
    GEORGE WASHINGTON
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    23
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Some short snapshots of corrupt practices
    in Georgia at mid-2oth Century
    • A powerful and despotic County Judge also owned a business that sold his own county more gasoline that all its vehicles and equipment could possibly have used in one whole year.  He became the first and only judge impeached, convicted and disbarred in the state.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    24
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Every single county official in a certain county but one was found by an audit involved in some means of using their office for personal gain. The one honest official, a few years later while serving as prosecutor of bootleggers was blown to bits in his driveway by a bomb attached to his auto ignition.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    25
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • A County Commissioner contracted his own construction company with state funds to build roads in his own county. Upon exposure in an audit he was driven from office and convicted only to be freed by a corrupt judge. Several years later he was reelected by a forgiving electorate.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    26
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • A tractor dealer created scores of fictitious companies to bid against each other on state procurements where through collusion with Assistant State Purchasing Officer no other companies received requests to bid. Finally he turned state's evidence reluctantly but never admitted guilt though hundreds of documents signed by him bidding against himself were proven. He served a limited prison term.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    27
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • The Governor's brother received monthly checks from major state supplier.  He was indicted, tried and found not guilty through the brilliance of an astute defense lawyer before agullible jury. He later was elected to the State Legislature.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    28
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Numerous officials enriched themselves legally by buying undeveloped property at intersections where major highways were to be constructed.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    29
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Tax collection administrators covered up thefts by a colleague who when proven guilty took drugs to try to trick a polygraph test.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    30
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Vote tally trickery, legal shenanigans and lock changes on the Capitol Building’s doors resulted in the state actually having simultaneously three governors instead of one for several weeks.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    31
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Election law rigging made one rural voter’s ballot worth more than four city dwellers votes over many decades.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    32
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    • Dead people were so well organized in one county that they voted in alphabetical order in state elections.
    (One State Senator jokingly introduced a bill to prohibit the deceased from voting after they had been dead for two years).
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    33
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Swimming in Fertilizer
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    34
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Rolling in Toilet Paper
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    35
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    If the chief party, whether it be the people, or the army, or the nobility, which you think most useful and of most consequence to you for the conservation of your dignity, be corrupt, you must follow their humor and indulge them,
    and in that case honesty and
    virtue are pernicious.
    - Machiavelli
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    36
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Vice and Corruption
    Seen too oft,
    familiar with her face,
    we first endure,
    then pity,
    then embrace.
    ---Alexander Pope
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    37
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    KLEPTOCRACY
    Government by thieves
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    38
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Kleptofungus
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    39
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Integrity and honorability constitute the real
    Kleptofungicide
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    40
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    To accountability we must add integrity,
    to integrity we must add honesty,
    to honesty we must add ethical conduct and
    to ethical conduct we must add credibility through
    truthfulness and
    transparency.
    Then we will merit honor…and
    we must not let honor fade away.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    41
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Concluding remarks from a recent study (1)
    “The level of corruption in the Philippines…failed to show significant improvement despite decades-long struggle to curb corruption through various laws and policies. Deeply entrenched personalistic politics is an obstacle to reform efforts. Another reason is turf war between present and previous incumbent politicians. The new administration tends to abandon programs initiated by the previous administration…wasting incremental success achieved by the previous government…
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    42
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Concluding remarks from a recent study (2)
    The Neo-Patrimonial System (using state resources to secure loyalty in the general population) is sustained by commonly seen features in developing countries, particularly ethno-linguistic fractionalization, absence of democracy and accountability and economic inequality…productive forces have to learn to operate within this system, while keeping a firm long-term goal of creating a system which will value integrity and dignity much more than personal and material gains from political power.”
    – From Corruption and Development, Revisited, Jenny D. Balboa and
    Shinji Takenaka, Philippine Institute of Development Studies, June, 2010
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    43
  • EXTRACTS FROM BENIGNO S. AQUINO IIIPLATFORM of GOVERNMENT
    Corruption robs our children of their protection, nutrition and education.
    Corruption destroys our families and communities.
    Corruption steals from our farmers and workers.
    Corruption deters businessmen from investing in our economy.
    This has eroded our spirit as individuals, as communities, as a people.
    We have lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship…
    We have ceased to depend on the patriotism and civic engagement that used to animate many of our efforts…
    Our moral faculties as a people have been paralyzed.
    44
  • EXTRACTS FROM BENIGNO S. AQUINO IIIPLATFORM of GOVERNMENT
    The Vision for the Philippines
    A country with…
    1. A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders…
    3. A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well;
    45
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Psalm 15
    1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?       Who may live on your holy hill?
    2 He whose walk is blameless       and who does what is righteous,        who speaks the truth from his heart
    3 and has no slander on his tongue,        who does his neighbor no wrong       and casts no slur on his fellowman,
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    46
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    47
    Psalm 15
    4 who despises a vile man       but honors those who fear the LORD,        who keeps his oath       even when it hurts,
    5 who lends his money without usury       and does not accept a bribeagainst the innocent.      He who does these things        will never be shaken.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    An honest man
    is the
    most noble
    work of God .
    Alexander Pope
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    48
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Post Script:
    Two unforgettable corruption cases
    The case of Vice Presidential larceny
    of the sacred cow dung.
    The case of the public official who stole
    a piece of the moon.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    49
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Sacred cow dung encased in gold
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    50
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence,—luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition,—are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
    - Cyril Connolly (1903–1974), British critic
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    51
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Retuning the stolen
    piece of the moon.
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    52
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Corruption is nature's way
    of restoring our faith in
    Democracy - Peter Ustinov
    "They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent." - Daniel 6:4
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    53
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
    Jim Wesberry
    University of the East
    Manila, August 18, 2010
    54
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