Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How Much Respect Do We Owe The Office?

   Suppose, arguendo, that a person, Smith, is elected President. Suppose, furthermore, that we have good reason to believe that Smith is reprehensible in a number of ways. Say Smith is unqualified for, and an embarrassment to, the office. Say there is even reason to suspect that Smith has committed more than one act of assault or some other reasonably serious crime.
   Question: how much respect are we obligated to show to Smith on the basis of our respect for the Office of the President?

4 Comments:

Blogger Pete Mack said...

As far as I can tell, the answer is: stand when he enters the room. And don't actively undermine any war efforts, beyond protests and the like. (isle, no direct aid to the enemy.)

3:02 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

LOL *stand up when he enters the room, and no treason*...

I like it.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Pete Mack said...

Well, it's already established that it's OK to yell, 'You lie!' during State of the Union addresses. That doesn't leave a whole lot of unacceptable cases.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

That did lower the bar considerably

10:27 PM  

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