Corruption: A History of the Modern Presidency

I would like to publish a book with the above title but it would take much too long to write. I would also have to add the history of the national Congress and the Supreme Court along with it; that would stretch it to a multi-volume history of scandal and selling out of pledges and promises to uphold the constitution. Such volumes no doubt would be of great use to future generations but then again, without citizens that know what it means to be a citizen such a survey of the modern ills of the national government would be a mere exercise in incredulity. 

It really is becoming too difficult for a person to chronicle the amount of corruption found in modern American political life. We have the president of the United States telling university graduates not to distrust government, not to be cynical and so forth. Translation: trust me, trust my intentions and my motives.  For too long progressive policies have been judged by their intentions rather than their results. It’s time we start judging the results of the war on poverty and illiteracy and drugs and terrorism and obesity and whatever else is supposed to be troubling us according to progressive outrage.

“You’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems” said Mr. Obama to college graduates recently. “You should reject these voices. Because what these suggest is that somehow our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham WITH WHICH WE CAN’T BE TRUSTED.” Not WE, Mr. President, YOU! I want to take this opportunity to thank all those teachers growing up who taught me to think and to be skeptical of politicians in the wake of this week’s revelations about the dark workings of that separate, sinister entity known as the national government (IRS). Because of what I’ve learned I can say I was disappointed but not surprised.

We the people acting within our state borders give teeth to the constitution. We have an obligation to read it and interpret, to operate as a crucial part of the system of checks and balances through voting and civic participation. The law professors, politicians and judges do not want us to participate but do it anyway, demand it! Fight for it! Disobey corruption and insist that our state legislatures and governors interpose in our behalf against that corruption. Agitate. 


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