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

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  • 1.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
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2. Magandanghapon
Preface
The definition of
Wisdom
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3. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
Faith in God
is the
definition of
Wisdom
Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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4. 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
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5. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
FadingHonor..
Honor is an endangered worda devalued verbal currency.
Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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6. 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
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7. 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
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8. 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
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9. 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
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10. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud
- Sophocles
Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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11. 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
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12. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR

  • Honorificabilitudinitatibus

13. Honorificabilitudinity 14. Honorableness 15. Honorability 16. Honorable 17. Honoree 18. Hon.Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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19. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR

  • Is HONOR fading away too?

20. Will it become obsolete? 21. Do we, as individuals, deserve to be honored? 22. Do our parents and families deserve to be honored? 23. Does our country deserve to be honored? 24. Does it make any difference anymore? 25. If honor fades away, what will replace it?Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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26. 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.

27. A man whose children look up to him as an example of a great father deserves honor. 28. 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
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29. 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.

30. A man who holds the intent to live the best life he can, deserves honor. 31. A man who dedicates his life to making the world a better place, deserves honor. 32. Honorable men are those whose lives inspire us, enrich our world, and make the planet better by being here.- JenniferJonesJim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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33. 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
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34. 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
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35. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR

  • It is no longer always a disgrace, blemish or stigma to be corrupt, dishonest or dishonorable.

36. 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
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37. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
SHAME
must be made
fashionable
Jose Marti, Cuban Patriot
Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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38. 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
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39. 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
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40. 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
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41. 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
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42. 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
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43. 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
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44. 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 wasreelected by a forgiving electorate.

Jim Wesberry
University of the East
Manila, August 18, 2010
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45. 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
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46. 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
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47. INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR

  • Numerous officials enriched themselves legally by buying undeveloped property at intersections where majorhighwayswere to be constructed.

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