There is nothing more natural and, in most circumstances, ethical
than a mother doing her best to help her son when he is in trouble.
And yet, in most jurisdictions, there are multiple government ethics
laws that prohibit this very conduct when the mother is a government
official. This is as good an example as there is of the fact that
government ethics is not about ethical conduct in general, but
rather about government fiduciaries dealing responsibly with their
conflicts of interest.