Power Corrupts

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Power Corrupts – 24 October 2006

We’ve all heard the saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And Abraham Lincoln said something to the effect that you can tell a person’s true character once they come into power. It doesn’t seem to make any difference what political party or religion they claim to follow, the results are the same.

Every few days we receive an approximately 8” X 11” glossy, full color, political ad full of accusations and derogatory graphics aimed against an opposing politician. These large, glossy cards must be expensive to produce. (What a waste of money!)

I have the latest one on my desk as I write this, and I just noticed that in extremely small print on a vertical edge (You really have to look hard!) it says that it is paid for by the Republican State Committee. I’ve also noticed that this year the Republicans are not identifying themselves “up front” as members of the Republican Party.

The first few cards were from a Republican incumbent seeking re-election and whose ads, replete with family photos, were geared toward convincing the public that he was of humble origins and just “one of them.” Then the ads became nasty innuendos aimed at the opposition. These ads were so vicious that they aroused my curiosity, and I decided to find out more about the opposition candidate. The more I found out, the more I realized that these were all deliberate attempts to smear his opponent’s reputation, with no basis in fact. So….guess who I’m voting for 7 November?!

In my opinion, viciousness in campaigning tells us more about the candidates’ true character than it does about the people that they are victimizing. We need ethical, compassionate people in government who use their best judgment to make this world a better place.

It’s important that we check out the qualifications of all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, and vote for the best person for the job.
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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