Saturday, March 18, 2006

Telling the Truth vs. Telling a Lie

As I was reading through the New York Times I came across an article that discussed the rights, protections, and consequences of whistle-blowers called Bipartisan Support Emerges For Federal Whistle-Blowers. The topic of being able to speak truth to power and blow the whistle on an organization has seemed to be in the spotlight since scandals like Enron and World Com have surfaced. Having the ability to speaking truth to power is not only a vital part of huge corporations, but even government institutions like the Army. Both Republicans and Democrats are leading the defense of individuals who are speaking truth to power, in particular whistle-blowers. Representative Christopher Shays, Republican of Connecticut argues that “it’s absolutely essential that we have a system that allows people to speak out about abuses, especially in the national security realm.” It is surprising that so many corporations, managers, and individuals look down upon those who are speaking truth to power. Shouldn’t an individual be praised for pointing out intolerable evils in an organization rather then being punished? Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania would agree with individuals being persecuted and “whose lives were ruined, who were threatened and intimidated because they simply wanted to tell the truth.” Shouldn’t whistle-blowers, especially when human lives are at stake, be protected by law? When these whistle-blowers are punished aren’t we just encouraging the intolerable evils to carry on? It is like rewarding the liar.