Posted by: 12stepgolf | September 10, 2009

Power Addiction-Cunning, Baffling and Extremely Dangerous

“Hereditary bodies… always on the watch for their own aggrandizement, profit of every opportunity of advancing the privileges of their order, and encroaching on the rights of the people.” –Thomas Jefferson to A. Coray, 1823. ME 15:483

“An hereditary aristocracy… will change the form of our governments from the best to the worst in the world.”–Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1786. ME 6:3

Madison’s republic would be a system in which representatives are chosen by the citizens to exercise the powers of government, in Number 39 of The Federalist Papers, he was saying that a republic “is a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people; and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period, or during good behavior.”

The big government, big union and big business were not the vision of our more “perfect union” in the Preamble to the Constitution.  This strange menage a trois has created the dilemmas, we find ourselves in today.

We have seen inferior governance, inferior work ethics and inferior products.

This is not limited to one party or the other, this is what politics has come to regardless of your core party platforms.

Those who govern must come to grips with their addiction to power and recover from their shortcomings.  All entities should incorporate these principles into their lives.

The history of taxation in civilizations should be important in today’s dialogue.  It seems that addiction to power has destroyed every “Great Society” that has gone before us.  None seem to learn from history.  The arrogance and “audacity” of our current representatives is reminiscent of times gone past. ” We are modern and know better, and we know more”, seems to be what they tell themselves.

The internal causes of the collapse of societies and the greatest of which was the Roman Empire  are  political corruption, economic problems, and a series of leaders that — let’s face it — were more interested in their personal gain than in the welfare of the common people.

Rarely have we seen people fail who have thoroughly followed this path.  Those who do not recover are those who will not or cannot be totally honest with themselves.  They seem to possibly be born dishonest.

The 1st Step for our Power Addicts:

We are powerless over the people, and we have made their lives unbearable and our lives have become unmanageable.

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”…..Earl of Chatom, 1770

To reiterate John Acton in his letter of 1887:
“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men.”

We have allowed these “bad men/women” access to this power through our voting habits, or lack of them.

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