Essay On Violation Of Emoluments Clause

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Current topic in ethics: Violation of the Emoluments Clause.

The emoluments clause is found in the United States constitution and was written by the nation's founders to assist with preventing corruption of public officials, it prohibits government officials from accepting presents, emolument, office or title of any kind from foreign government unless Congress approves, it also bars the president of the United States from getting paid from federal or state government other than their official salaries. The clause is said to be based on simple, sound ideas such as the nation's security and well-being are threatened when those entrusted with the people's power fail to act in the public's interest and use their office for personal gain. The current president owns a
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(Shaw, 2014, p. 59) For example, the presidential oath of office requires the president’s promise, solemnly swear (or affirm) that they "the president" will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of their ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." (National Museum, n.d.) consequently the Emoluments Clause is listed in the US constitution.

Compare and contrast: Ethics, Law, and Religion

According to (Blodgett, 2011) The relationship between law and ethics are often unclear. However, integrity is valued more than laws on that ethics deal with core values such as morality, right and wrong and are often integrated in laws. However, laws themselves appear to focus more on compliance than morality. In other words, laws appear to be those values shared by the top elites while ethics are valued by those that make up the rest of society. Religion appears to focus on well-being and social behavior while influencing self-control and self-regulation (McCullough & Willoughby, 2009)
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