WASHINGTON, October 29, 2013 — We choose leaders who seem to show character, yet they rarely fail to disappoint.
What happens to them, after they get a taste of power? Why is it so hard to find men and women who stay faithful to their oath of office? What makes them stray from walking the walk that got them there?
That they sought office in the first place should have been a sign. Any who would want to wield power is not to be trusted. The seductive siren song of power is toxic. Power corrupts.
Our founders feared a Federal government riven by factions. They foresaw that fracturing is followed by a loss of freedom.
Expert in the arts of persuasion, those whose sworn task it is to serve us often turn tables and seek to rule, instead. Think them unsophisticated? They are anything but that.
They slyly attempt to subvert memory, spin the truth, insinuate lies into our collective consciousness. They know that repeated words, especially rhyming words, seem like truth.
Politicians overestimate their ability to keep it up. They are like gamblers on a hot streak. They think that partisan success in passing bills means better odds of winning if they double-down and play again. They play for keeps, but never have to pay their losses. Reckless with our money and freedom, they pass the buck for future Americans to make good when the bills come due.
They double-down on bad bets because the money’s already spent, and they use that fact to justify spending more. For them, the cost of giving up on big government programs is greater than the ideal at their inception. They never drop the dice and fess-up to failure. It was never an error, except of insufficient investment. Facts never matter.
They see their stature as secure, forgetting that it’s built on a foundation of falsehoods. They remember their own acts as heroic, seizing credit for things that took tens of thousands to enact. Like all of us, they conveniently forget inconvenient facts. Or at least they pretend to.
Corruptocrats crow achievements when things work out, but blame outside agency when they don’t. They never admit they’re wrong. It’s never their fault.
They place too high a regard on their ability to influence the real world. Though quite competent at persuading the public, corralling votes and lobbyist dollars, they mistake this for the ability to run a country. Were they aware of their utter incompetence to govern, they would have less hubris.
These sophists and solons support status quo. Even if it costs them, and society, they resist restoration of our long-missed Constitutional Republic. They fiddle while Rome burns.
Those in power forget their feet of clay. They think their will-power plenty to resist the temptations that power provides. For most, their sacred oath is a sham.
How rare was George Washington! America needs great leaders now. There’s not a moment to waste.
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