Reposted from: Need To Know Around the World
Buried deep beneath this week’s dramatic news about the inauguration of President Trump and undercover videos of leftist groups plotting to bring revolution to the streets of America, there was a story that is easy to miss. The event, which is described in the Featured News section, below, was barely newsworthy and certainly not surprising. In my view, however, it contains a profound lesson that is the key to restoring the Republic.
The story is about the abrupt end of donations to the Clinton Foundation now that neither Bill nor Hillary are in direct political power. No one was surprised at this because, even though the Clinton organization claimed that the Foundation did much good around the world, it was obvious that the millions of donated dollars were merely bribes for political favors. The minute the opportunity for such favors was removed from the equation, donations ceased.
This is a variation of Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will.” The political version is this: “If corruption is possible, corruption will occur.” That’s the lesson. If we create a government that allows corruption, we create a government that eventually will be destroyed by it. By allowing it, we create it. Bill and Hillary are merely the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of others just like them who, as we speak, are continuing the grand tradition. Why? Because they can.
If we truly want to put an end to corruption, we must stop looking only at the criminals who are exposed from time-to-time and begin looking at the system that allows corruption. As long as the system remains, so will corruption.
The system that allows political corruption is built on a belief that the proper function of the state is to re-distribute wealth and treat different groups and classes of citizens differently, supposedly for the greater good. The name for that belief is collectivism. It is what allows con artists to move into government proclaiming they wish to serve mankind and bring about social justice. In most cases, however, what they really want is to be the elite who decide who gets what and who pays for it. Once in that position, they know there will be a never-ending line of people at their doors offering gifts, donations, no-risk investments, under-the-table payoffs, and pleasures galore in return for high-profit government contracts, tax loopholes, and legislative advantages over their competition.
This phenomenon is 100% predictable, and there is no way to stop it. It cannot be stopped by limiting the terms of elected officials, or by putting limits on the amount one person can donate to an official, or by preventing former officials from becoming lobbyists, or anything else that squirts water on the flames while ignoring the gas leak.
Collectivism is the gas leak. As long as we accept a political system built on the assumption that office holders will be honorable and that it is good that they should direct our lives, we shall forever be victims of the predator class.
The only way to stop thieves from going into public service is to have nothing there for them to steal. When the American Republic was created, this concept was well known. It was expressed by Thomas Jefferson when he said: “In questions of power, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
The message was clear. Only fools would create a political system that depends on “confidence in man”. He and the others at the Constitutional Convention understood that scoundrels will seek government employment if there is an advantage for them to do so. Therefore, it is up to us to eliminate the advantage. That means we must create limitations on political power, we must write the rules so no one can re-distribute wealth or treat different groups and classes of citizens differently. In other words, we must bind men down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.