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Grayson, Greer & Co – Culture of Corruption and November 2010

November 2010 - Eliminate Corruption
November 2010 - Eliminate Corruption

The elections in November are going to be about a lot of different things. It’s going to be a referendum on big government spending, socialized health care, failed immigration or should I say “amnesty” policy and others.

The fundamental issue, however, is not the policies that are being adopted, but the people who are implementing these policies. The underlying culture is one of corruption, the very thing the founding Father’s warned us would happen when people seek to be rulers instead of servants of the people.

One of the main founding principals was that our constitutional republic could only remain free if Americans elect virtuous, moral leaders to represent them. Power tends to corrupt, making it absolutely essential that only the most virtuous men hold these positions of service.

The founders also realized that one of the corrupting forces in politics is the potential to use positions of public service for personal profit. Benjamin Franklin put it best:

“There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh–get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever. I am apprehensive that the government of these states may in future times end in a monarchy. But this catastrophe, I think, may long be delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction and tumult, by making our posts of honor places of profit.”

The culture of corruption that currently exists in Washington is so dangerous, because it naturally leads towards monarchy. This is not a radical idea. It’s an idea that’s woven into the very fabric of our free society. Which is exactly why the modern examples of Alan Grayson who recently steered half-a-million dollars toward a company that works to get him elected are so concerning. Alan Grayson holds a position of honor in our society. He is using it as a place of manipulating profit for his own re-election, spending the money of the American people whose financial interest he presumes to protect, in such a way that silences their voices of opposition to him.

We could go down the list of further examples of this. We could talk about the allegations against Greer. We could mention the president’s seemingly unlawful manipulation of the people’s choice with respect to Sestak and Romanoff. Do I need to mention the current appointed administration official that cheated on his taxes and yet continues to head up the US Treasury?

Our concern for morality shouldn’t be limited to abortion and marriage issues. Ultimately, anything we try to do, any laws we try to pass, will only be effective if the people in office actually obey them. We have a single law, the US Constitution, which should be enough to prevent most of what’s happening in Washington today from ever leaving the boardrooms where these unconstitutional measures are dreamed up. The best solution we have is to recall those leaders who violate their oath to support the Constitution, and to elect moral and virtuous leaders who see their elected positions as sacred places of honor, not positions of profit.

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