Not too long ago, I took a trip on a container ship from Seattle to Shanghai. You can see some photos of it on my old blog, if you’re a container ship travel nut. I went with my friend and fellow Ricochet contributor Mike Murphy, and we had an amazing time. Except for the storms.
When we steamed into Shanghai, though, there was a problem.
Evidently, not too many people arrive in the People’s Republic via container ship.
So as the mess got sorted out — which (surprise!) took $100 in cash — I had time to wander around the customs office. There was an information kiosk with a touchscreen display, and as I tapped my way through the various listings, I came across this screen.
It may be hard to read. It’s the “Code of Professional Ethics” which all customs officers are supposed to follow.
Of course, I agree with all of them. But you should feel free to choose your own favorite. Mine is in bold. All other punctuation (or lack thereof) is original:
Be loyal to the Party
Be steadfast in faith, listen to the command of the Party, protect the Constitution and be loyal to the motherland.
Serve the people
Love the people, be a devoted civil servant, know clearly what to love and what to hate and be committed to eliminating the evils and protecting the good.
Be impartial in law enforcement
Don’t play favoritism. Don’t bow to the high and mighty. It is strictly forbidden to extort confessions. Don’t be wrong or connive at people.
Be just and impartial, clear-handed and clear-headed.
Live plainly and work hard. Work selflessly for the public interest. Guard against corrupting influences and reject bribes. Don’t get influenced or contaminated.
Unity and coordination
Have the interest of the whole at heart and do one’s utmost to cooperate. Respect each other and support each other.
Be prepared to sacrifice one’s life
Be dedicated to one’s duty and skilled and proficient in one’s work. Be intelligent and brave and fear no sacrifice
Strictly observe discipline
Listen to the leadership, obey orders, comply with regulations and keep secrets.
Perform one’s duties in a civilized manner
Be modest and prudent. Don’t make a show of one’s authority. Treat people politely and be neat and tidy in appearance.
Listen to the leadership, obey orders, comply with regulations, and keep secrets. Sort of describes the relationship most of the news media have with the Obama administration, don’t you think?