Western civilization once had extreme punishments in place for those who violated society’s law.
Someone asked the question of continuity in government. How we can insure the continuance of honest representation from one official to the next. How we can keep the string of honest people in government. I don’t know, in a free society, that we can. The primary reason why, as I see it, is because we have abated punishment. There are no penalties for acts of corruption.
Bill Clinton is just one, albeit prime, example of how we as a society fail to punish those who violate our laws or moral tenets. But he is just one of many.
To think that a ‘criminal’ is going to have the audacity to swear in another high ranking Government official is almost beyond belief. To know that the people approve is beyond belief. What can people think this new (de Blasio) politician is going to do with his new found powers? Oaths to God mean nothing to these men.
If we can no longer bring ourselves to punish the people who violate our trust and confidence, then we can no longer expect anything but the same long train of abuses and usurpations that our fathers rejected. My answer, then, is as follows:
“What sway do we hold over our anointed, if those without honor behold neither its profit, nor fear its deceit?”
We have no right to complain when a person lies, cheats, and murders while in public office. Why shouldn’t they not commit dishonorable acts? Who, but the people, can prevent them from acting in their own interest?
Until the people implement punishments which meets the crimes, they cannot hope to stop the continued theft of their liberty.