Corruption: The Practical Business of Unchecked Urban Power



A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself;

his aim is so exalted that

riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

Samuel Johnson


     After last night's show, I was walking in the "Third Heaven".  It was a tremendous joy to share the "Good News" in preparation for Thanksgiving with our ever growing audience.  Interviewing Stephen and Vickie Mitchell, Founders of The Moral Radio Show and Moral Radio Nation Network, brought to remembrance the very reasons for starting my own show on the American Conservative Nation Radio Network.  It was neither to present a perfect political philosophy nor to present a perfect orator of the doctrines of conservatism.  It was to point us towards the True Perfecter of our thoughts, words and deeds.  The Exceptional Conservative Show was established to help us, especially Urban Americans, delve into the cultural, religious and social foundations of conservatism. Never to dilute the product with inconsequential rhetoric or worldly compromise, the Show was a vehicle to bring Urban Americans into the Tent of Conservatism.  Conservatism is not a political party but a way of life.  It's universal principles are so succinct and prescient that they stand against the marvels of time and modernity.  There is a FAITH component to both the US Constitution and the Principles of Conservatism.  In the State of Nature, there is God upon which all governments are built upon His shoulders.  He ordains life, liberty and freedom for all mankind and allocates resources upon which His Sons remains stewards over.  It is in the gentle balance of liberty and property that propels the individual to enter into a social contract with his community.  This contract, the US Constitution, transfers limited powers from the Sovereign individual to the State.  It gives expressed powers to the state while respecting the individual's obeisance to God and his ordained freedoms within family and community.  Simply, the State serves the Individual whom serves God.  All natural rights are derived from the Sovereign and entrusted to the servant.  The service of one to another requires FAITH.  One of Conservatism's first principles is the recognition of a moral order.  Russell Kirk wrote, "First, the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order. That order is made for man, and man is made for it: human nature is a constant, and moral truths are permanent."  Understanding that the Created can not reorder the workings of the Creator and live in moral truth, it behooves men and women of great intellectual prowess to concede that the wars that we fight are not carnal yet, they are spiritual in essence.  The bankruptcy that shows up at the Federal Reserve is subject to a spiritual bankruptcy.  The behavior of the entitled is evident in the spiritual bankruptcy of the person.  The battles that exist--economic, social and political--are the resultant of the decomposition of moral order.  America is fighting a War of Faith.  Men once recognized that absolute faith in the personalities and philosophies of Mankind yielded absolute corruption.  American Patriots knew that absolute Faith in the Word and Principles of God would be the best ruler over the behavior and ideas of our citizenry.  America can be freed from this moral malfeasance.  However, we must overcome corruption and eliminate it as a practical business of unchecked Urban Power.


     Why are you going on and on about this, Ken?  Government is the only way that we can overcome the troubles lain before us.  We have a crushing National Debt of $14 trillion dollars.  The Democrats in Congress have not presented or approved a budget in almost 3 years.  Reported Unemployment is 9% and in some Urban Neighborhoods, it is as high as 46%.  The GOP just voted on legislation that would Cut, Cap and Balance the National Debt except that it would not cut or cap and would leave a hefty imbalance.  Obama believes that Americans are lazy and are not taxed enough.  Should we not focus on these issues?  How can we, common men and women, settle these issues?  "We must have FAITH in our government", you say.  I am not a Libertarian but I want you to listen to the words of one that has some wisdom of which I do agree.  Dr. Ron Paul on Morals:

"Too often some people who put themselves into the conservative fundamentalist camp think that, if you have more laws, you’ll be more moral. And I say that laws can’t make you moral. But if we are a moral people, which was advised by our Founders, then a free society can work. Then the laws can be moral. But you can’t do it the other way. You can’t mold people by more legislation. I’m sure you understand that because, if people have bad habits, just passing a lot of laws are not going to make them moral.

But if you have a correct moral understanding of the law, and I like to think about the moral understanding that Bastiat had about the law, the government can’t do anything that you and I can’t do, I think that’s quite different. And I bring that in the context of our religious beliefs and the Old Testament and the responsibility to the family and the local church, rather than the federal government trying to solve all our problems."


Our Constitution was not written that man would rely upon the powers extended the "visible" hand of government to resolve our every condition, circumstance and consequence.  Nor was it created with an allowance for men to exceed limited scope yielding rights to men that were not of the natural state.  Depending on the citizens' servants as the answer for the hope that lies within us awkwardly reforms the state of submission in the performance of duty and creates an environment where the relative few bureaucrats have been endowed with inordinate power over the greater masses that originally entrusted them with such privilege.  When our FAITH is built on patronage rather than stewardship then, we subject ourselves to the whims of every foreign doctrine and the promise of noble patronage.


     Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain.  Bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement are forms of corruption.  Seemingly, a day does not pass, in the Washington Metropolitan Area, when there is a report of such activity at the federal, state or local level.  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. are accused of illegally trading stocks based upon coveted information or access. For people like you and me, that's Insider Trading!  What a fool Martha Stewart was,  All she had to do was become a Congresswoman and she would have been merely celebrating her strategy of getting back at the one (1%) per-centers!  I know, I know, my Libertarian friends.  Some people just have more and better information in making money.  There is no crime.  Don't we all profit from the wealth creations of others?  "But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years", writes Kevin Hassett in "How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis".  Oh yeah, he's talking about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, y'all.  Got another $7.6 Billion just lying around the house, America?  In Prince George's County, Maryland, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, Leslie Johnson, a former county councilwoman, are trying to hawk their new multi-million dollar idea to Victoria Secret's.  The Democrats use to shake down corporate leaders and developers, in a pay-to-play culture of government, for between $400,000 and $1 million in bribes.  In November 2010, Johnson was caught on a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI directing his wife to destroy an illicit $100,000 check from a developer and to conceal nearly $80,000 in cash in her undergarments.  This is when the NEXT BIG IDEA comes.  Patent a woman's underwear design that can provide support and hold shape but also conceal TOP DOLLARS.  We can just call it "BLING" at Victoria's Secret.  The Johnsons, when you get out, call me


     Locally, the DC City Council is more known for breaking the laws than writing them.  I guess that is the only way to gain perfection: "Practice. Practice. Practice."  The lineup is quite stunning when you think about it.  In remembrance of the season never to come, let's announce the starting line-up for DC Corruption.  Small Forward: Yvette Alexander.  Hit with $2,000 fine for use of Constituent Services Funds for Personal Use.  Shooting Guard: Kwame Brown. After negotiating a two Cadillac Escalade SUV contract, he was hit with a Complainant alleging that the Respondent Committee violated District of Columbia Official Code § 1-1102.06 (b)(10) by failing to timely report 53 expenditures totaling $169,431.49 in the total sum of all expenditures that were made by the Committee.  Point Guard: David Catania, master of the court of public opinion and coincidence, loads up on a $240,000 a year for a company that makes $9 million off of a DC government contract.  Power Forward: Harry L. Thomas, Jr. Using the resources of his DC Council Member office secretly diverted over $300,000 away from a non-profit youth organization to his own wallet.  There was concern that this injury would set him back a spell.  The Washington post reports, "Since the council returned from summer recess last month, Thomas has tried to project a sense of normalcy: voting on a tax increase and ethics proposals, questioning Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) about jobs for city residents and participating in a campaign to prevent teen pregnancy by speaking out about having a son when he was 19."  Finally, it is who you came to see.  Mr. Prime-Time.  The Hardest Hustling Politician this Side of Congress.  Starting at Center, out of the Great State of Confusion, none other than Mayor for Life Marion Barry, Sr.  Barry has been plagued by misconceptions and false accusations since he became the starter.  However, he has played through and appears to be leading Team Corruption to a Title. 


     So just how does a city under the cult of Democrat rule deal with corruption successfully?  Firstly, you have to admit that there is a problem and that you are the reason for the problem.  Transparency International, the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, annually produces a Corruption Perception index (CPI).  Transparency believes that corruption hurts everyone, and it harms the poor the most.  Corruption has dire global consequences, trapping millions in poverty and misery and breeding social, economic and political unrest.  Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law.  Corruption compounds political exclusion: if votes can be bought, there is little incentive to change the system that sustains poverty.  So Ken, you are saying that the Democrats must admit that they are corrupt and must surrender their power to the People so that the poor will prosper?  Transparency puts it this way:


Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.


Wards 7, Council Member Yvette Alexander, and 8, Council Member Marion Barry, are the poorest communities in the District of Columbia.  Of Team Corruption DC, three out of five of the starters (The 3/5ths Compromisers) live in Wards 7 and 8 (including Council Chairman Kwame Brown).  The District of Columbia has a Board of Election and Ethics.  Should this be the place of Moral Order.  Not according to Muriel Bowser.  Never let a crisis not go to creating more waste, fraud and abuse in government.  Her answer: create another Board!  Yes, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.  That will stop 'em, Mary!  The bill's attempts to reform constituent service funds are reactionary, weak, and full of loopholes.  Just the way, Alexander wants them.  Listen, there are only two suggestions that will help with this scenario.  One, allow "We the People" to elect this Independent Board--and allow the Elected Attorney General to sit on it with the full proprietorial powers of DC Superior Court.  Secondly, allow the Ten Commandments to hang above the dais of the City Council.  Moses and the Ten Commandments can be seen as you walk up the steps of the US Supreme Court.  Each of the world's greatest law givers face him in the ornate display.  America's first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said, "Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."  I would sincerely hope that "We the People" would send men and women of such moral character to the legislative offices of the United States that adherence to the laws of the land would not require endless legislation and crony oversight.  If your legislator can not submit to His authority--restraint from theft, lying, covetousness, etc.--then, how would he ever submit to your Free Willed authority.  The days are becoming few that such outright abuses of law and power will be tolerated.  It is the moment where we do not choose our leaders because of the color of their skin or because of past patronage--"He got me my first summer job!".  This is when "We the People" remove from office those that seek to do the work of the people for personal gain rather than the Will of the People for the General Welfare and Prosperity of the Nation, the State and the Urban community.



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