A good friend pointed out an article by Bill Curry of Salon.com, as one that really hit her as one of the key issues she believes is not talked about enough and really engaged her mind amidst the political landscape.
“At Salon?” I said, thinking, “oh great, not you too!”
But she assured me this is the first time she’s ever read anything at Salon, which means of course, I have to read it, point out the problems with it, and leave her wondering if I got the point.
Don’t worry, M, I got the point.
The article is about political corruption, and Curry mentions right off the bat the problems in Africa. I did a story not too long ago for CNS News about Nigeria where I mentioned the government’s vast and historic corruption; it is one of the main reasons Boko Haram is raping and murdering so easily there. In fact, the whole story is about how Obama won’t help Nigeria with Boko Haram unless they loosen their moral bearings on abortion.
At any rate, Curry does a pretty good job of pointing out that government corruption is rampant all over the world, and even here in America, though he believes it is difficult to point it out. But he also writes, “America has not had a full-throated debate of political corruption since Watergate. In that scandal’s immediate aftermath Congress enacted sweeping campaign finance reforms (struck down by the Supreme Court in its vile Buckley v. Valeo decision).”
I’m not a big Nixon defender, as some conservatives are, but government corruption in Africa doesn’t compare at all to Watergate. At all. In no way. It’s laughable, and it’s interesting to me to see that Curry calls it a scandal immediately after calling it corruption. See, Curry is confused, as most progs* are, about how to address issues in a new light.
(*Progs means progressives, however, I don’t like to use the word “progressive” because they are not progressive, they are pushers for a totalitarian state, which actually regresses Western Civilization and seeks rulers over man instead of equality.)
The be all and end all to modern progs was the Watergate scandal, but it doesn’t even rate when you actually look at the vast corruption that is happening in our government. Judicial Watch has listed the most corrupt politicians for years, and they hail from both sides of the aisle. This is why we need statesman who will put the needs of the future of this nation above his or her own financial betterment.
But, it is not just financial. The biggest problem in Washington D.C. is that they actually believe they have the task of ruling the nation. That corruption of power, the understanding that one man can be the master of another, has spurred more bloodshed in this nation and everywhere in the world since the beginning of time.
By the way, I didn’t forget about Curry’s Buckley v. Valeo slap. This is another thing about progs. He went from talking about government corruption, to a scandal from the 1970’s, to a Supreme Court decision that simply said that the money you earn as a result of your labor is yours, and deciding where to spend it is yours to decide, and when it is spent on a political campaign, you have that right. Progs think it’s not fair that people give money to campaigns as a right to free expression. Note the totalitarian arch of that thought process. If they successfully made it so that you can’t spend your own money, they control you.
Curry can’t find any figures about political corruption in America, but believes it’s higher than private business’ shoplifting write-offs which he found to be about $37 billion. It is here that I believe Curry is misdirected. His whole point is lost because he can’t specify what exactly he means when he talks about corruption. Are politicians skimming? Are consultants asking and getting too much in fees? Are the lobbyists on K Street offering kickbacks for certain votes? Of course they are! Can we prove it? Not really. Does it piss us off? Hell yeah. But Curry goes on to say that some politician should go out there and demand DC end its corruption, and it’s just not realistic. Sure, it’ll make you feel good, but asking politicians to reform themselves is pretty laughable, when is the last time you heard that politicians wished to slash their own pay? If it will make you feel better, a politician can say just about anything, the problem is, he has to convince the rest of the crooked pukes to join him. Count me as extremely skeptical.
Now, Curry goes on and on about Citizens United, and if you don’t know what that Supreme Court ruling entailed, I have a write-up here, but basically, David Bossie made a movie about Hillary Clinton’s scandalous past and wanted to distribute it before the 2008 election. The Federal Election Commission said he couldn’t show the film as the result of McCain-Feingold, and Bossie took them all the way to the Supreme Court and won.
The reason Bossie won was because of the First Amendment. Justice Kennedy asked the question of the Solicitor General, “If the content of this film was in book form, would it be the position of the government that you could constitutionally ban books?” And the answer came back, “Yes.” Now, remember that whenever you see progs bitching about Citizens United or Buckley v. Valeo.
If it was Curry’s thought that corruption lies only in campaign finance, since he spends so much time reiterating it, notice he will never, and the rest of the progs will NEVER try to stop the corruption in their own unions, the dues that flow to Democrats, the top-heavy outlandish management of unions and especially teacher’s unions. It’s his side that is getting fat and happy on the backs of millions of laborers, not unlike the southern Democrats who brought on the Civil War. And he wants to end corruption? Like hell.
DC won’t reform itself. There is a way the people can do it, but it is through your state legislators, and eventually, an Article V Convention of States.
If people see the vast amount of money that is used to try to win elections, and think, “Gosh, that could have fed so many people.” I agree.
If people think that money buys politicians and it shouldn’t be that way, I say, “Get different kinds of politicians.”
If people think that there is nothing we can do against the moral bankruptcy of our nation’s capital, the answer in my mind is that we are living in a world of change, and it can go one way or the other. The more people on one side, the side of good, the side that understands what works, the very essence of Western Civilization, the better.
Read the Declaration of Independence. Read the Constitution. Read the Bible. Read American history. Understand that we have the best set-up in the world, and once you see how blessed this nation is, and how it is your job to get rid of the corruptible jerks that have brought it to its knees, everything you do will be to restore the nation.
Then, we will be free.