Power Tends To Corrupt, And Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
By J. D. Longstreet on (Dec 12, 08)

"I cannot accept, your canon that we are to judge pope and king unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they do no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way against holders of power … Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
-- Lord Acton


The opening act of what the conservative community in America feared, with the election of Mr. Obama to the Presidency, began playing out in Illinois this week as the governor of that state was taken into custody by federal officers as their investigation into what has been called a political crime spree continues. We’re convinced it is the kick-off of another scandal ridden democratic administration that we hoped and even prayed we, as a country, were rid. Unfortunately, no matter how much we warned of the possibility of just this sort of thing occurring with the return of democrats to power we were shouted down and called all manner of tasteless and even vulgar names for daring to point to the truth of history and the probability of a repeat performance in our nation’s tainted capital city.


Well, it has begun. We are convinced the arrests, in Illinois this week, are just the beginning. Look for 4, or even 8, years of back-to-back scandals and under-handed dealings which will occasionally break through the carefully crafted façade of our less than sincere politicians as they take advantage of a voter base so ignorant of morality and decency that even the continued existence of our country is in peril.


What will it take to convince Americans that the people we place in office ought to be of high moral character? I no longer think it is even possible. I no longer think Americans even care… as evidenced by the results of the presidential election, and numerous congressional elections, and even state and local elections around the country just last month.


We have become so accustomed to self serving, double-dealing, dishonest, greedy, callous, crafty, deceitful, duplicitous politicians that we now accept it as “normal”. What that says about Americans, as a people, is absolutely shameful. What it says about the future of this nation is terrifying!


I dare say ancient Rome was not as corrupt as America is today. We have managed to dumb down our populace, the voter base, the electorate, concerning what is expected of public servants, until we think nothing of electing to public office people of such low morals they ought not be allowed IN public, let alone serve in a public office. Nowadays, the use of the phrase “choosing the lesser of two evils,” when describing our choice of candidates, is in regular use… and we don’t even raise an eyebrow. Why? Because it is true!


James L. Buckley once said: “ What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes.” He was dead on.


I am not surprised at the corruption of our politicians. How could I be? It is we who elected them. It is we, the people of America, who bear the shame and the guilt for placing these people of low repute in offices that good men fought, bled, and died for on foreign and domestic battlefields to secure for us. Do we not understand that we have disgraced our heritage? Do we not understand that we have brought shame upon our ancestors, upon our forefathers, upon the Founders of this nation, and… upon ourselves for not being good citizens and good stewards of this priceless jewel of a country?


Too long have we abrogated our singular duty to study the foundations of this country, the constitution of this country, the legal/judiciary system of this country, and, just as important, the government of this country, and… the way that government was intended to operate. We haven’t done any of this.


Our public education system has failed, utterly, in educating our young about their heritage as Americans. It has failed at instilling pride in our young as Americans. The angry cries of “nationalism” have drowned our “patriotism” until one is frowned upon for any public display of pride in America. There is something intrinsically wrong about that! In modern day America education has been devalued while ignorance is celebrated… even unto the voting booth! It is revolting!


Yes, I am angry. It is an anger born of frustration. I am frustrated with my fellow Americans who absolutely refused to see that substance does trump style every time. The percentage of the electorate who voted to place a man in office, primarily because of the color of his skin and, secondly, his eloquent way with words, have done America a huge disservice. The cost is going to be monumental, biblical, even.


One of the great men of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams, said this: “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”


I would draw your attention to the last portion of the last sentence above: “… or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.” THAT is precisely where we find ourselves in America today. And we have no one, no one, to blame… but ourselves.


Are you ready for the years, immediately ahead, with tailgating scandals and stories of corruption and graft and the peccadilloes of powerful men unable to restrain themselves when let lose on an ignorant populace? You’d better be, for I am mightily afraid that is exactly where we are heading. The political shenanigans unveiled, just this week, are, I’m afraid, the tip of a vastly underestimated iceberg of such conduct. Our ship of state is sailing directly into that iceberg.


By J. D. Longstreet on Dec 12, 08
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