Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Corrupt government does not flow from incorruptible government

If it were possible to "elect" people who could actually end the culture of corruption in government, there would not now be,
a culture of corruption in government.

Those people would have been elected in the very first election.

Cultures of corruption in government end in revolutions.

Torches and pitchforks. They are the only tools that can pry the corrupt and the incompetent from the power they have usurped.

They always have been, they are, and they always will be,
the only tools with which, tyrants can be deposed.


Anonymous said...

You sound frustrated today. but I must say that violence and the appeal to violence is NEVER the answer to corruption. Read your history books. The Terror in France resulted from this kind of talk, and the demagoguery that emmanates from the mouths of the likes of Glenn Beck.

Elections CAN bring positive change and I can think of at least ONE candidate for office here in New Mexico who can bring openness and ethical government back to Santa Fe. She'll get a lot farther than others would do, anyway.

Care to ammend your rant now?

ched macquigg said...

I have written well over 3,000 posts, and I have never called for violence.

"Torches and pitchforks" is a metaphor. Nobody is really stupid enough to think you could actually carry out a revolution with them.

Think about it; pitchforks and torches against belt fed weapon systems. hmm

That is precisely why the fifth amendment is so critically important.

If you and few thousand other people stood on the steps of the Roundhouse holding plastic forks and matches, I'm pretty sure no one will get hurt.

And I am pretty sure that ending the culture of corruption and incompetence in state government will have begun in earnest.

If elections could actually end corruption there would be no corruption. There is, it doesn't work.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Anonymous said...

I've often said "we're gonna march on them like peasants on Frankenstein's castle" and no one has ever asked me to "ammend my rant".
If they did ask me to do that, I think I would.... "March on them like peasants on Frankenstein's castle".

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #1 here. Thanks for your response to my response. Trashing elections and calling for resorting to pitchforks and torches instead seems dangerously close to advocating violence, but I'll take your word for it that you don't really believe that. Elections can change a culture of corruption, but we need the right candidates. Replacing a bully with a bully in the governor's office, for example, will only lead to more corruption in Santa Fe.

And I'll easily concede that without pressure from citizens (the pen, not the pitchfork, necessarily) things don't happen.