Saturday, January 07, 2006

Newt Gingrich on the Abramoff Scandal

Like him or not, Newt makes some rather stellar points on the subject of campaign finance and the Abramoff story. It's definitley worth reading the whole thing here via

“Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely”

Lord Acton

“It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.”

Federalist Papers number 48, 1788

The Founding Fathers, having watched the corruption of the British governments of the 18th century, came to believe that power had to be limited, that there was an inherent bias toward corruption among those who had power and that big government was dangerous government.

The Abramoff scandal (and it is a scandal) is only one symptom of the growing profoundly unhealthy nature of power in Washington. Abramoff is the product of the system, not the system is the product of Abramoff. Abramoff did not create the system, but he did use it. It is important to start by stating flatly that this is not a lobbyist scandal. This is a lobbyist-incumbent-staff scandal. Abramoff and every other guilty person should go to jail.

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