Launch of the “Take the Pledge” campaign Pledge not to lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do


SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY, August 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Politicians’ Code of Honor and the Take the Pledge campaign were launched in the run-up to Election Day. The pledge for politicians, candidates for public office, and elected officials is to abide by a code of honor and publicly pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or condone those who do. The pledge can be found and downloaded at

Michael Doorley, founder of the “Take the Pledge” campaign and custodian of the Pledges database, notes that many people believe that candidates for public office and elected officials make false and misleading statements. They can use misinformation, disinformation and misinformation, and tell lies. We know some like, and they know they’re lying. And those lies are getting bigger and bolder. They don’t agree on much except that the other side is lying. This lie destroys relationships and families, tears communities apart, and harms our country, often so politicians can gain power or enhance their self-interest and personal enrichment.

If a candidate for elected office or elected representative makes a false or misleading statement or lies to their constituents or the American people, liability is unlikely. Instead, they can be rewarded with contributions, party loyalty, media coverage, and eventually get elected!

Politicians have the First Amendment right to lie to us. They never told us they wouldn’t lie to us, and we as a country never told them not to lie to us, that is until now. That’s what the pledge does. We have to tell them to “Take the Pledge”. Doorley explains, “The pledge was modeled after the pledges of our Federal Service Academies – West Point, and the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Navy Academies. the women and men of our service academies who have or will one day lay down their lives for our country can enlist, as can candidates for public office and elected officials.” He notes that commitment may not be the final answer, but it is a simple and logical starting point. And he points out that politicians can and will make a pledge because nearly 1,400 of them have made the taxpayer protection pledge.

August is congressional summer recess, a time when politicians hold campaign events, rallies, barbecues, shake hands and kiss babies. This is the perfect time for voters to ask their candidates and elected officials to “take the pledge”. Doorley asks his fellow Americans, “Why would you give your support, your contributions, or your vote to a candidate or representative who has not made the pledge?”

Michael Doorley, CPA, was a senior financial services executive for 35 years who held positions as chief financial officer, chief executive officer, chief operating officer and board of directors. He founded, chairs a special interest group and lectures on our national debt. His articles on the national debt have appeared in Newsweek, BoardIQ, and New York State The CPA Review.

Contact: Michael Doorley
Phone: 914-816-3100
Twitter: @polithonorcode
E-mail: [email protected]

SOURCE Take the Pledge Campaign


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