While in the government, you discover the President is committing extortion and other serious crimes. By exposing the situation you might bring about the President’s downfall, but your career would be destroyed because you would be framed, fired, and publicly humiliated on other matters. Knowing you would be vindicated five years later, would you blow the whistle? What if you knew you would never be vindicated?
I would absolutely blow the whistle. Someone who is supposed to hold the trust of an entire nation should not be allowed to continue committing crimes of any kind. Whether I’d be vindicated for false accusations against myself or not really shouldn’t matter. The right thing to do would be to make sure the most powerful man in the world isn’t able to abuse his office.
Would you tattle on the president?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.