Thursday, June 30, 2005

Cause and defect

We have long had Lord Acton's wise and oft-confirmed warning that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" to guide our regard for those in power. But I don't think the WMD hoax was the first con job Dubya was ever party to, not by a decade. And I don't think the pattern of fostering conflict-of-interest relationships between business and government and then exploiting them first entered Veep Dick's repetoire after he ascended to the role of eminence grise of the bush league. No, I think we have here pretty much an ongoing demonstration that the relationship between power and corruption is tighter than portrayed by Lord Acton's saying and so I propose a corollary:

The corrupt are drawn to power.

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