A New Congress – A Rememberance of Things Past?

The People have spoken, democracy has been re-affirmed, and a new Congress will convene in January to chart a "New Direction" for our nation. As good politicians do, the Democratic Party took a stand early in the  election campaign this year on an issue sure to resonate with the public…..corruption. Making clear that "Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely", the Republicans were tarred with the feathers of corruption, convicted on the notion that their control of both Houses of Congress removed any possibility of ethical oversight. That using the organs of power, unchecked by Democrats, gave unfair advantage to the ethically challenged. We were left with the impression that the Democratic Party, if restored to power, would clean The Augena Stables, aka the Halls of Congress. Forgetting, as we are wont to do, the importance of "Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it", we silly voters accepted the Democrat’s offer of assistance by giving them control of BOTH Houses. We took unchecked power away from the Republicans and gave it to the Democrats. See Lord Acton’s quote above.

Your scribe is reminded of another homily, to wit, nothing is to be learned from the second kick of the mule. Proofs for that theorem follow:

Pelosi and land deals

Murtha-Scam – The Saga

Dear Reader, the issue is not that one party is more, or less, "dirty" than the other. The problem is that entrusting power to our politicians seems to encourage base behavior in most of them. Whether it’s seeking the spotlight, supplementing their retirement account, or simply doing favors for friends, family members, and supporters, the sad truth is that very few of our elected officials seem  to be able to resist the  temptation of the Apple. 

Hubris run amok seems an appropriate diagnosis of the current condition:

In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance;
it is often associated with a lack of knowledge, interest in, and
exploration of history, combined with a lack of humility.
An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will
follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and Nemesis in the Greek world and the proverb "pride goes before a fall" is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris.

Good, well intentioned people reduced by the accession to power, unable to resist the fruit. Sounds like it is time for the People to change the institution.

 

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