by Nathan Barton
Although this is a Democrat, we are again reminded of the corruption of the powers-that-be, no matter which political party they claim as home. A Florida Democrat congresswoman, Corrine Brown, and her chief of staff have been indicted for corruption and 21 other charges, according to the indictment posted on ScribD, for bilking $800,000 out of contributors to an “education charity” she and her sidekick used as a personal slush fund.
This is, of course, petty cash to congress members, who vote daily on how to steal more money from taxpayers or how to spend stolen money (past, present, and future) on really stupid things, like more power and prestige for themselves, and more pork to buy more votes back in their home district. At least she didn’t FORCE (at least no threat of physical force, apparently) the victims … contributors… to this scheme to shell over the money, unlike how she and the other 434 members of congress do when it comes to income and excise taxes and “fees” and “contributions” to FICA (social security) and the rest. And no doubt, many of the people who donated to this bogus charity feel their money was well spent because they bought influence with her – indeed, they may resent her being indicted because now what they paid for may be lost.
We have to face it – EVERY member of congress is corrupt to some degree, else they’d not have been elected to the chambers in the first place. And with each day, each month, each session, they grow more and more corrupt. They corrupt each other, they are corrupted by their staffs, by the bureaucrats of the executive branch, by their campaign (and charity) donors, and by the constituents who suck up to them on a daily basis. The Capitol is a cesspool, just like that “little” building behind it with the Nazgul, and that white building on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. You know, much of the center of DC was built on swamp, and swamp gasses used to be a problem, but the swamp gas was nothing compared to the stench which has permeated the area for 220 years, generated from the mouths of our “public servants,” from the likes of Aaron Burr to the present squatters at 1600 and Blair House.
We can talk all we want about cleaning up Congress, about cleaning up elections, about cleaning up political processes at all levels of government in the Fifty States – or indeed, anyplace in the world. But the plain fact is that government, being inherently evil, can NOT be cleaned up completely. Maybe enough to be “tolerated,” (I have my doubts about that) but even that is incredibly difficult. Even if you “clean up” elections by making them “publicly funded” or by requiring 100% disclosure of every dime and minute of time donated and spent, it just shifts the location where the corruption festers. The real solution is to reduce the power of Congress (and therefore of ALL federal government agencies) so that the attraction of corrupting the members is greatly reduced, but only if the process of reduction is enough to leave Congress and the rest of the FedGov with no power or authority except that which people voluntarily give to them. And that is very unlikely to be possible with anything other than violence and a very dirty interregnum period.
In the meantime, all we can do as individual citizens is understand that we need to take action to minimize the impact of the corruption on us, our families and businesses, to be ready (and able) to defend ourselves. And be prepared for the inevitable collapse of this wicked and corrupt system.