A long, torturous human history has proven that without discipline, accountability and oversight, a child, an adult, a group of adults, or an institutional entity will slowly increase or exert his, her, or its power over time, even if there are laws or rules that restrict that power. Such is the case in America today. Government, especially the federal government, has far exceeded its constitutional limits. In a long vacuum of accountability and oversight, the federal government has evolved into increasing malfeasance, misfeasance, mis-appropriation of funds, graft, cronyism, nepotism, corruption, racketeering, double-dealing, collusion and improper or illicit personal behavior. It is not a case of what limits government. It has now become a case of whatever government wants to do without limits. No limits on power are the ingredients for corruption, racketeering and eventually a dictatorship.
CORRUPTION DEFINED: Wrongdoing on the part of an authority or powerful party through means that are illegitimate, immoral, or incompatible with ethical standards. Corruption often results from patronage and is associated with bribery. It is also defined as abuse of public office for private gain. Corruption manifests itself in the form of bribes, extortion, graft, patronage, nepotism, cronyism, theft, embezzlement and diversion of public or private revenues or assets. It exists in all cultures, countries, religions and institutions in different degrees of severity. Corruption is in fact, a negative human characteristic that is only offset by individual and societal honor, integrity and morality.
Ladies and gentlemen, whenever you hear a politician say “My Fellow Americans”, the hair should rise up on the back of your neck and you should check your wallet to see if there is any money left in it. The politician is not your “fellow” American. He is a member of the privileged class and the only time he really cares about you is at election time.
By Ron Ewart – News With Views –