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It’s Not Corruption

September 15th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Glenn Beck has decided that the main issue the opposition to big government should focus on is corruption.

All the special interest handouts in the stimulus, health care, and cap-and-trade bills aren’t there to build a better nation. They are there to build the framework of these corrupt “organizations” like ACORN and SEIU to fundamentally transform America.

And if we allow these bills to go through, an already enormous problem will spread like a disease.

We need to kill the corruption before we do anything else.

Glenn Beck is wrong and his campaign to end corruption will accomplish nothing for America. He is pursuing this because his crusades against Van Jones and ACORN have gotten him publicity and helped his ratings.

There has always been corruption in government and there always will be. Corruption is nowhere near the fundamental problem in America today.

Imagine if Glenn Beck’s crusade somehow miraculously succeeded and all corruption was vanquished. What would we have? A squeaky clean welfare state. None of our problems would be solved. The American people would not be a bit more free. Who knows, we might even be less free because businessmen depend on corrupt politicians allowing them to produce in peace. If those politicians don’t get their palms greased, they might actually enforce all the regulations in existence and bring this country to a screeching halt.

Glenn Beck is wasting his time and ours. It reminds us that a philosophical change in America would bring us new politicians — and new journalists and new cable TV personalities.

8 Comments so far ↓

  • Andrew Dalton

    There’s also the issue of procedural corruption (what most people mean by “corruption”) versus systematic moral corruption.

    John McCain said that he was willing to sacrifice free speech in order to fight corruption in government. But any government that regulates speech is by that very fact corrupt, and with consequences far more dangerous than the skewing of votes in an election or legislature.

  • Ryan O.

    A corruption-free welfare state is still the same gun aimed at the populace, it just doesn’t jam.

  • Kyle Haight

    Corruption is basically the misappropriation of government resources for the purpose of doing something other than fulfilling its proper function — protecting individual rights. So understood, the welfare state is inherently corrupt. The fact that it misappropriates the power of government under high-sounding motives rather than venal ones is irrelevant. Misappropriation is misappropriation.

    That said, the mainstream understanding of corruption focuses only on the misappropriation of government resources for venal purposes, and as long as that is the case a crusade against corruption will miss the essence of the problem. The best one can say for Beck’s position is that it provides an opportunity to make the case that *any* government action not directed toward protecting individual rights is corrupt, so that if one wants to ‘clean up’ government one must work to return it to its proper scope and function.

  • Myrhaf

    It’s standard party politics. The Democrats beat up the Republicans with the “Culture of Corruption” a few years ago. In the late ’80s the House Democrats took a lot of damage because of their corruption. It always works because corruption is something even people otherwise ignorant of politics can understand. Political and economic principles require some abstract thought, everybody understands that when a politician takes a kickback he is doing something wrong.

  • Michael Labeit

    Very good distinction Andrew. There is “corruption” when government officials fail to abide by legal stipulations and statutes and then there is moral “corruption” when they endorse coercive measures.

  • Jim May

    Imagine if Glenn Beck’s crusade somehow miraculously succeeded and all corruption was vanquished. What would we have? A squeaky clean welfare state.

    The colloquialism “polishing a turd” comes to mind…

  • Inspector

    I happened to catch his show the other day and thought the exact same thing, Myrhaf.

    Framing the issue in terms of “corruption” entirely misses the point of Obama’s Socialism-pushing administration. Even if ACORN and all similar groups were out of the picture, Obama, his cronies, and their ideological allies in both parties would still be working to propel America into Socialism.

    If this transformation were proceeding in a “non-corrupt” fashion, would our problems be solved, Mr. Beck?

    I didn’t think so.

  • EdMcGon

    Myrhaf, I agree with you to a certain extent. Eliminating government corruption doesn’t solve the problems inherent in a socialist system.

    However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight corruption at every turn. Unfortunately, our current system is inherently corrupt. You only have to see how government money goes to heavy campaign contributors to realize the corruption in our government. Groups like ACORN are only the proverbial tip of the iceberg.