In case you haven't been reading lately, I have been a little irritated at our national legislative assembly of elected officials. Therefore, I was thinking about writing an essay under this title and theme. As I began to think about how I wanted to present it, I did my customary search to see what all was out there on the topic and much to my surprise, I found this op-ed by Chris Lykins of the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, in Texas:
A Culture Of Corruption Backfires
It pretty much says what I wanted to say, up to a point. And even though it doesn't go quite as far as I would have loved to see it go, it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. Jefferson is just one of many, many that have been entrusted with the affairs of the republic and yet, have defiled the very institution they were elected to serve in.
We all have heard about the case of Duke Cunningham from the MSM, ad nauseum. Anytime its a Republican in the hot seat, the MSM just has to hammer away at it, as if they are the only ones guilty of misconduct. And that's fine. Despite the fact that Cunningham was once an honorable man, he did it, and he should be punished for it. (And he is.)
But here's an interesting tidbit being reported by the AP, about Harry Reid and some free ringside boxing tickets for some top-notch matches. There's even a picture of Reid and McCain at ringside. The report says that McCain reimbursed those responsible, for his. But, there is no mention of Reid doing it. All this was at a time when there wwas an on-going debate about whether or not, there needed to be a federal boxing commission. Obviously the Nevada Commission was an interested party of that debate and wanted to keep the status quo.
Reid's House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi, is no stranger to impropriety, either. Pelosi and Hastert both seemed to have no trouble whatsoever condemning a raid on Jefferson's office, for reasons that are clear to all that have an ounce of sense.
So, I guess what I am trying to say is that corruption knows no party lines. The battle does not pit Republicans against Democrats. It pits the People vs. Congress or Us vs. Them. They work for us. They make laws for us, because we hired them to do so. We have to obey those laws. so should they.
The problem is so out of hand, so spun out of control, it will take a long time to reel it in. But, we have to start somewhere and 2006, is just as good of a time, as any. We, the people, must send a message. This culture of corruption is deeply rooted and it must be dug up, before it chokes off what few freedoms we have left.
I think we deserve better. Don't you think so?