Control, Cronyism, Corruption…human nature?

“Absolute Control Leads to Corruption”

Written by Warren Edstrom

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Our founding fathers intended that our government be contentious by nature. The thinking was that a government with opposing interests would keep the dialog going, and each side would keep the other relatively honest.

At the federal level there are the three branches of government:  Executive, Legislative Judicial. Even in Congress, the House of Representatives was supposed to represent the people because they are elected by the people. That’s why it’s called the peoples’ house.

The senators were originally appointed by the state legislatures because the senate was supposed to represent the interests of the states as a balance to the interests of the people.

The founders called a democracy “The tyranny of the masses”. The 17th amendment to the constitution, enacted in 1913, changed the way senators are chosen. By changing the senate from being appointed by the state legislatures to being elected by the people of the state, a major constitutional check and balance was eliminated. It was a major step in turning our constitutional  republic into a democracy.

The last domino to fall will be a move to do away with the electoral college. Then we will have a democracy, not a republic.

In the same manner, when a single political party monopolizes a city, county, state or nation bad things happen. Cronyism sets in and special interests hold sway. When 2 or more political parties are in office, they will expose each other’s corruption in order to get the peoples votes. In plain language, they’ll rat each other out for political advantage.

When you do away with opposition there is no one to hold the ruling party in check.
Because of human nature this dynamic works no matter which political party is in power. It goes back to human nature. No political party is immune from corruption.

A case in point is Knox County Ohio. In Knox County the Republican Party holds all county offices. Most of the surrounding towns are majority republican.

The County Prosecutor is the chairman of the Republican Party. He is the highest paid county official @$115,000 per year. This is in a county with an average individual income of $23,000 and a family income averaging $45,000 per year.

Why is it that our public servants make so much more than the people they work for? Could it be that the people they work for have no say in how much their pay is? Maybe we should put their pay increases to a vote.

Like all monopolies the party makes the rules that they live by and with no opposition, the rules benefit the party in power.  There is no accountability because the foxes are watching the chicken house and in Knox County the  head fox is the county prosecutor.

In an apparent case of selective prosecution, a school board member in the East Knox local schools filed a complaint stating that he was threatened by the school superintendent. The board was discussing terminating his contract and he said to the board member that if he voted to terminate his contract he would file a false ethics charge with the state and he would drag the board member’s 17 year old son
into it and his attorney would drag his son over the coals. This threat was done in the presence of at least two witnesses.

In Ohio, it is a third degree felony to threaten an elected official (Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2921.03). A formal complaint was filed with the county prosecutor in the form of an affidavit as required by law along with a copy of the ORC and a witness list.

The county prosecutor refused to pursue the complaint because of “lack of information” to assume “probable cause”.  The school superintendent subsequently filed a false ethics complaint against the board member on Dec 7, 2016, a year after he left office. On Feb 15, 2017 The Ethics commission closed the complaint because of insufficient evidence to support the charges.

In a county where an elected official had a reasonable expectation of a challenge at the poles, I believe the matter would have been handled differently and justice would have been served.

(LFC Comments: Corruption also occurs when both parties have “backroom” deals outside the purview of the public.  Personal, unjust enrichment at all government levels must be exposed. A permanent political class breeds a sense of entitlement for elected officials.  Make no mistake, our Federal Constitution is constantly under attack; the socialists/communists, in and out of office, want it either eliminated, or “watered down” to the point of being totally meaningless.)

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  1. Warren:
    I call them “Police, Fire, and Schools Towns,” cynically. Not so uncommon in the Rockies when either the mines and/or resources get played out or union racketeering has gotten so bad the companies simply move on to another mineral deposit. Managers move on, leaving the towns in the hands of the former union officials, many of them never having realized they have been taken for a ride by the “community organizers,” who, in turn, if they are young enough, follow along after the companies. If not, they stick around and, along with the former union bosses, “own” the town. You see this all through the western US. Good as their intentions may be, as loyal to the State and the community as they may be, the new community leaders have their hands full. While they do like the idea of a desk in City Hall, they find themselves “in charge of”
    a community with a hurting economy. In the eastern US, it is called “de-industrialization.”
    Typically, the jobs that the new boss can hand out are in city services and contracts. That means public works, fire protection, law enforcement, and public schools. So, we see towns of 25,000 with police departments that resemble precincts in Los Angeles. The Head of Public Works becomes one of the top men in town. On and on it goes, usually not getting better.
    What can turn it around is new business. At least two things stand in the way. First, an entrenched bureaucracy, accustomed to the power and not interested in change; and, second, legislators at the State and Federal level who have become persuaded, by political or other means, things are fine just the way they are.
    An enlightened public can go a long way to turn things around; but, as we see, that is easier said than done.

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