I've come to the conclusion that our Government is innately corrupt. I am not referring to the Democrats labeling of the GOP "Culture of Corruption" when I say this - it is patently obvious that it is the entire body politic that is corrupt, and the decay goes far deeper than political affiliation.
Our Nation was founded on strong principles, based on a detailed Constitution, and balanced with a triumvirate of co-equal branches. The risks inherent in a pure Democracy were foreseen, and addressed via the implementation of a government comprised of civilian representatives. Law was intended to be supreme, being blind to social standing and enforced equally across the populace.
Over the years, there has been a constant erosion of these principles, and we are now to the point where our current government is nearly indistinguishable from that which we freed ourselves 200+ years ago.
Obviously, the notion that law would be applied equally to all is facile. While many, many examples are available, there are two that are in the news these days. First, I've already commented on the dangers of government not only turning a blind eye on its responsibility of enforcing immigration policy, but actually proposing to reward those that chose to enter this country illegally. I will now be watching very closely to see if any prosecution is brought to bear on the dishonorable Mary McCarthy, the recently discovered "leaker" of vital national secrets. Personally, based on the minuscule slap on the wrist received by the equally reprehensible Sandy Berger, I'm not optimistic. In fact, I fearlessly predict that she will reap millions of dollars making the rounds of the talk shows and from the ubiquitous book deal.
We are quickly devolving from a nation that respects the law, acts accordingly, and punishes those that don't into an anarchy in which laws are selectively applied, or in some cases, not enforced at all. Unelected government employees, in concert with a left-leaning and ratings-hungry press, are attempting to subvert the policies of our elected officials, and they're getting away with it. Bitter retired generals are calling for the termination of the Secretary of Defense, foregoing centuries of Constitutional tradition that ensure civilian leadership of the military, in favor of cynically promoting their lucrative book deals. These same government employees outed an intelligence gathering program that could mean the difference between life and death for thousands of people, and the press teamed with the minority party to applaud their "bravery."
That latter example is a two-fer. Not only does it demonstrate the lengths to which self-interested, cowardly career bureaucrats are willing to go to discredit an administration they don't like, it also shows how far we've gone down the path of destroying the balance of the three branches of government. It is not at all uncommon to hear people going on and on about the illegality of the NSA intelligence gathering operation, apparently speaking from a position of near total ignorance. Or, maybe I'm wrong. Either way, I was taught that the Executive Branch was co-equal with the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch. As such, the Executive Branch is imbued with its own rights and responsibilities by the Constitution, and these rights cannot be abrogated by either the Legislative or Judicial branch. The responsibility for the defense of our country is placed with the Executive Branch, and part of that responsibility by necessity includes the right to gather intelligence on our enemies. Hyperactive bed-wetters may scream about the erosion of Civil Liberties, but I have yet to hear any proof whatsoever that this program was used for anything but to ensure the security of our populace.
So, where does this leave us? Well, we have another election this year. This is our opportunity to vote for the folks we want to represent our interests in Washington. Or is it? Do we really have a say anymore? I contend that we do not. Forgetting for a moment that the typical candidates from the two major parties can only be defined as "awful" and "more awful," gerrymandering and pandering have brought us to the point where incumbents basically tell us who we can vote for, and not surprisingly, it is nearly always a choice between the incumbent and a candidate that hasn't a chance in hell of winning.
Our government extorts confiscatory taxes from the minority of the electorate and uses the funds to buy votes from the majority of the electorate. Our Government, which was supposed to provide only for the general welfare and defense of our nation, has now grown into a insatiable leviathan that exists solely to support its own growth. And the half of the country that directly profits from this inappropriate largesse is just fine with that, and hey, why wouldn't they be?
Well, I feel better having gotten some of the pent-up vitriol out of my system. Can you tell it's tax season?