More Corruption From Our Elected Officials
July 9, 2014
Former New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, was convicted today on 20 counts of corruption, including fraud, bribery, money laundering and tax evasion before and after Hurricane Katrina. He has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison and ordered to pay $82,000 in restitution. Nagin accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including not only money, but also free vacation trips and truckloads of free granite for his family business.
While I’m not saying that there are no corrupt Republicans because, obviously there are, the majority of these types of corruption cases, from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14 year sentence for eight counts of corruption to U.S. Representative Charles Rangel’s (D-NY) conviction on 11 ethics violations in Congress to California State Senator Leland Yee’s charges of, among other things, gun running, involve Democrats. It’s true that Republicans also get caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Just look at the current situation in Mississippi with Senate candidate and incumbent Thad Cochran and the voter fraud charges against him. Like so many others with an ‘R’ by their name who have become embroiled in this kind of wrongdoing, Cochran has been immersed in the same liberal-dominated environment as his colleagues with ‘D’s by their names. In fact, his practices in the Republican primary against Tea Party candidate, Chris McDaniel, were much more typical of the Democrat Party than the GOP. For me, I see very little difference philosophically between someone like Thad Cochran and someone like Ray Nagin or Charlie Rangel.
The question in my mind is: Why is this sort of thing becoming so much more prevalent? I would argue that, especially with Democrats, we are seeing the consequences of their embracing and promoting of the entitlement mentality that they’ve championed for so many years. If your average American (and in some cases, illegal immigrant) deserves and is entitled to money, services and things regardless of whether they actually do anything to earn them or not, how can that thought process not translate over to those who consider themselves the political elite of our society? If they want, they’ll reason, they should be able to just take, especially if it’s being offered to them by others. After all, they do work that contributes to the ‘greater good’, so that should balance out against the occasional violation of the laws that many of them feel that, as legislators, they should be exempt from anyway.
Besides the dangers of our elected officials using their positions to consciously impose tyranny upon us, there is also the insidious danger of becoming desensitized to moral and legal absolutes when they come into conflict with our growing “I want…I need…I deserve” mentality. It’s really not such a stretch since the government regularly engages in theft, taking larger and larger amounts of money from those who earned it in order to funnel that it into whatever programs or purposes they deem to be deserving, sometimes even having the gall to call this theft “charity”.
Add to that the government’s most recent foray into both theft and control through intimidation known as Obamacare. This is a program designed to force every citizen to buy something (in this case, insurance) whether they want it or not. It rips away anything (what Obama refers to as ‘inferior plans’) that people have decided they want and have spent their own money to acquire if it doesn’t meet the standards set by these elites in Washington. It has also demanded that employers meet the needs that the government has decided are vital, even when those demands violate the liberties of those employers. Thankfully, the Supreme Court has offered up at least a small amount of opposition to this last part.
It’s these sorts of practices, plus things like the intimidation tactics of the IRS against conservative groups, the huge data mining operations by the NSA and the blatant circumventing of our governmental system by Obama with his phone and pen that would gain the respect of the likes of Al Capone, were he alive today. He might even go into politics to get his piece of this very dirty pie, assuming that he could put aside his own conscience to do so.
So, the question that we all have to ask is, what do we do about, not only the blatant disregard for morality, decency and the law by our elected officials, but what do we do about the liberal mindset that has created an atmosphere where these sorts of actions aren’t seen as being such a big deal as they would have been in the past. For me, that answer is simple: Dissipate the entitlement/victimhood mentality that has been used to explain away the demotivation of our citizens and to justify acts that once we would’ve considered deplorable and unthinkable and replace it with an atmosphere inspired by our founding fathers and those that came after to build on those original concepts and the sense of American exceptionalism that all that effort led to.