Dan Zak in The Washington Post muses on the role of whistleblowers:
The piece includes a quote from NWC chair Stephen M. Kohn: “You can’t have a government based on rule of law unless citizens can freely report potential violations of the rule of law.”
Also in the Post today, an op-ed adapted from a foreword the late Elijah Cummings wrote for the forthcoming book, In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save Our Republic,” by Cedric L. Alexander.
This is why our civil service, committed to maintaining the rule of law and decision-making based on verifiable facts, is so important to maintaining the legitimacy of our government, both elected and appointed.
Under our democratic republic, elected leaders make policy but must rely on civil servants, appointed on the basis of merit, to implement those public policies. We must rely on the expertise of our merit-based civil service if we wish to have a government that addresses the factual realities of our lives (to the extent that human beings can ever achieve that goal).