George H. W. Bush
Resolution 10, rejected unanimously by the IAFF Convention Constitution and By-Laws Committee without discussion as being without merit was created by President Bush, senior.
He issued it as Presidential Executive Order 12,731.
The IAFF Ethics resolution is effectively Presidential Executive Order 12, 713 word for word with one addition regarding health and safety.
The fact that it can be rejected without a dissenting word tells you how firmly the hand-picked committee members are under the thumb of Harold Schaitberger.
5 CFR 2635.101(b), â€œPrinciples of Ethical Conductâ€, Â is the Â federal standard for the Presidential Order which firefighters would certainly find appropriate.
It provides a clear and straightforward set of principles. Â
Just like George H.W. Bush, it is both decent and commonsense.
It is nothing more than non-partisan wisdom for ethical behavior.Â
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist or reinvent the wheel to take a basic stand for ethics.
Perhaps the delegates on the floor tomorrow will exhibit more commonsense than the committee did.
Perhaps they will have the courage to speak their convictions.
Whether Resolution 10 passes or not, we are heading into a new era where some light will finally shine on the otherwise dark corners of the IAFF.
Those who speak in favor, whatever the result, will know that they speak for the future and not for the past.
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