Corrosion of Honor – The Company you keep

This is inspired first and foremost by this:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/the-terrible-cost-of-trumps-disclosures/526818/?utm_source=atlfb

The majority of the article deals with classified information and intelligence gathering which, while important, is not what I wish to address:

Read from – The corruption has begun.

This is the issue I have feared for a long time, that honorable folks will be corroded by someone without honor or loyalty.  That individual’s record is public and I feel no need to address that here.

Our Constitution bans Guilt by Association:

Guilty by association refers to the attribution of guilt without any proof on individuals solely for the reason that those whom they associate with are guilty.

https://definitions.uslegal.com/g/guilty-by-association/

It is good that this is banned by law and it is also seen as a logical fallacy:

Guilt by association can sometimes also be a type of ad hominem fallacy, if the argument attacks a person because of the similarity between the views of someone making an argument and other proponents of the argument.
I said that the above article was the main reason but recent statements by groups like the AFA in other media would also count.
However, those of us trying to walk an honorable path need to think on this a little differently.  Consider the following:
1) What does honor to you and yours?
2) What Oaths have you taken and to what?
3) How do those you serve and honor serve and honor you and what you cherish?
4) Will the company you keep drag you down with them, no matter how you struggle?
5) Do you have an exit plan?  In government, that is a resignation letter without a date.  Your situation may be different.
I was blessed to have received training years ago based on the incidents of Nuremberg that caused me to think a great deal about these matters.  If you did not, and are at risk, take the time to meditate, think and research these situations.  We train for athletics and work, we need to train for morality and ethics as well.
Luck and honor in whatever battles you face.
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