Jonah Goldberg has a good article today about Democrats and the "culture of corruption" — you know, the theme that helped carry them to victory in the 2006 midterm elections. And they were right: the Republicans had become corrupt on several levels, abandoning the principles that had won them control of the House in 1994 as well as in engaging in more prosaic criminal acts.
But this corruption was in violation of their principals. As Goldberg points out, the far more extensive corruption of the Democrats comes from adhering to their principles:
But you know what? We ain't seen nothing yet. For starters, the real
corruption isn't what the media are ignoring or downplaying as isolated
incidents. It's what the media are hailing as bold, inspirational
leadership. The White House, as a matter of policy, is rewriting legal
contracts, picking winners (mostly labor unions and mortgage
defaulters) and singling out losers (evil "speculators") while much of
the media continue to ponder whether Obama is better than FDR.
If a Republican administration, staffed with cronies from Goldman
Sachs and Citibank, was cutting special deals for its political allies,
I suspect we'd be hearing fewer FDR analogies and more nouns ending
with the suffix "gate."
Take Obama's "car czar," Steven Rattner. According to ABC's Jake
Tapper, Rattner is accused of threatening to use the White House to
smear a Chrysler creditor if it refused to back the administration's
bankruptcy plan. He's also connected to a massive pension fund scandal
involving the investment firm he used to run. One allegation is that
conspirators used investments in the low-budget movie "Chooch" to
expedite their alleged chicanery. Chooch, by the way, is Italian slang
for "jackass," which just happens to be the Democrats' mascot.
More to the point, political corruption is inevitable whenever you
give hacks — of either party — too much discretion over public funds.
Businesses look to Washington for profits instead of to the market. The
thing is, this has become the governing philosophy of the Democratic
Party, from banking and cars to healthcare and now student loans. The
federal government is taking over, and the culture of corruption
inevitably trickles down. That in itself should be a scandal. Call it
Read the whole thing. Given nearly free rein, now that the progressive Democrats control the the Presidency and Congress (and, perhaps in a few years, the Supreme Court), the wisdom in the old phrase "absolute power corrupts absolutely" will likely become clear to the public, leading to a visceral reaction against the corrupting concentration of power in Washington. In fact, that movement may already be gathering steam.
At least, I hope so.