1/04/2006

Daily Kos: It's not a Republican scandal, it's the Republican Party

The Republican Party is now corrupt to its core. It can't even blink without breaking a law or ethical guideline. The tendrils of the corruption seep all the way into the deepest corners of Congress and the White House (let's not forget David Safavian and Susan Ralston).


It's not a Republican scandal, it's the Republican Party
by kos
Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 11:24:36 AM PDT

The Bow Tie makes sense:

So it was with not all that much surprise that I read Lou Sheldon's name again recently, in a story about disgraced lobbyist and admitted felon Jack Abramoff. According to the Washington Post, Sheldon allegedly took money from an Abramoff client called eLottery and in return pressured members of Congress to defeat an anti-gambling bill. Sheldon was joined in this by former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, another longtime Abramoff friend.

The usual good government types will point to the Abramoff scandal as yet another reason we need tougher campaign finance laws and more stringent ethics rules in Washington. Maybe they're right. But there's a deeper kind of corruption here.

Why were supposedly honest ideological conservatives like Sheldon and Reed and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist involved with Jack Abramoff in the first place? [...]

Weirdos and charlatans and self-interested hacks like Lou Sheldon and Grover Norquist have long discredited the conservative ideas they purport to represent. Their political allies in Washington and Congress may be tempted to defend them. I hope they don't. We'll all be better off when they're gone.

The problem for principled conservatives (and I'm still not sure whether Tucker Carlson is one of them) is that they've lost representation in DC. The Republican Party isn't mired in scandal, it IS the scandal -- the system of bribery, kickbacks, and scams that fuel its massive money machine and influence peddling racket.

It's great business, no doubt. The numbers don't lie. But it's not good for America, and it clearly doesn't represent honest conservative thinking.

Ten years. That's all it took for Republicans to go from outsider reformers to the most corrupt machine in recent history and perhaps ever (the historians can debate that point). Remember, it was DeLay who once said:

The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups? Or are they working hard to represent their constituents?

That was 1995. But it wasn't even four years later that:

... the former House majority leader or his associates have visited places of luxury most Americans have never seen, often getting there aboard corporate jets arranged by lobbyists and other special interests.

DeLay has been the biggest power in DC for a decade, reshaping the Republican Party and the DC power structure (e.g. K Street) to suit the financial and influence needs of his machine.

The Republican Party is now corrupt to its core. It can't even blink without breaking a law or ethical guideline. The tendrils of the corruption seep all the way into the deepest corners of Congress and the White House (let's not forget David Safavian and Susan Ralston).

And there's the genius of the polarization that Republicans engineered in this country the last two decades. The more conservatives are conditioned to hate Democrats, the less likely they are to defect no matter how much Republicans stray from their core principles, and no matter how much corruption, greed, mismanagement, abuse of power, and death they preside over. And by controlling the entire machinery of government, they can whitewash any real investigations into those abuses.

Hence there are no checks and balances in place to prevent and punish these abuses. Not from the party's supporters, not from the party itself, and not from the government. All that's left is the criminal justice system, and it's shaping up to be boom times for prosecutors, investigators, and defense lawyers in our nation's capital.

The Stakeholder has more.

Daily Kos: It's not a Republican scandal, it's the Republican Party

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