November 30, 2009
How Do You Measure Integrity?
The term "kleptocracy" is applied to a government that extends the personal wealth and political power of its own officials and the ruling class via the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service. That sounds pretty close to what we have in America today. Have you ever seen so much in-your-face corruption being dangled in front of you? It's as though elective office were an entitlement which, once achieved, gave the holder veto power over the laws the rest of us must abide by. Just about every week, there's another news article about some elected or appointed official caught using his influence to rip off the American public. We can assume that there are many more that just haven't been caught yet. But let's also assume that the majority of our elected reps are honest. We also can conclude that they are at least as aware of the crooks among them, as we are. Yet how often do we hear one of them...(Read Full Article)