Vol: 108 Issue: 22 Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It’s been rightly said that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” As Good Ship America continues to steam directly for the edge of the waterfall, that power has become so corrupting that it even reveals itself during the quest for power.
A typical example of just how totally corrupted the system is comes from the Florida race between Democrat incumbent Ron Klein and challenger Allen West. Ron Klein was elected to Congress in 2006 and is currently running for his third term.
Evidently, Klein really likes being a Congressman. He likes it so much that there is seemingly nothing he won’t do to keep it.
Ron Klein is a lawyer. He graduated from high school in 1975, got his law degree in 1982 and moved to Florida in 1985.
In 1992 he won a seat in the Florida House which he held until 2004. He was elected to Congress in 2006, riding in on a wave of voter discontent and the backlash from the Republican Tom Foley scandal.
So that’s Ron Klein. He’s a professional politician and a lawyer who has spent his entire adult life kissing babies and parsing words. Lt. Col. Allen West retired from the US Army in 2004 after admitting wrongdoing and paying a $5000 fine for misconduct and assault. Here’s the Col. Allen West backstory:
While serving as a battalion commander in Iraq in 2003, Col. West was informed that a prisoner who had critical information about a plot to assassinate a US officer, was being uncooperative. Col. West took over, pulling his pistol, putting it in his lap and telling the prisoner he was there to either get the information or kill him.
After some 20 minutes of useless questioning, Col. West grabbed the man, held him down near a box full of sand used to discharge jammed weapons, and said something like, “This is it. I’m going to count to five again, and if you don’t give me what I want, I’m going to kill you.”
West held the man down, counted to five, and then fired his pistol into the discharging box about a foot from the Iraqi’s head.
He began talking. And talking. And talking. Over the next few minutes, the prisoner gave very specific information about the plot.
He named the conspirators, gave times and dates of the assassination plan, and even described how attacks would be made. There was no doubt he was involved.
Lt. Col West then reported the interrogation (and himself) to his commanding officer. Eventually, the story made its way into the liberal media, which began calling for Lt. Col. West’s head. General Odierno ordered West court-martialed and West was drummed out of the military.
So that’s Lt. Col Allen West. He’s a professional soldier who did what he had to do to get necessary battlefield information, injuring no one in the process, and then promptly reported himself to his superiors, knowing in advance that it would not go well for him.
Col. West spent his entire adult life serving his country the hard way, as a military officer. When faced with a decision that might cost him his career, but one that would save the lives of his fellow soldiers, he made it. And then he stood by it.
Lt. Col West’s awards and decorations include:
The Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and one Valor device, Valorous Unit Award, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star device, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon (Multiple awards) Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal w/Palm Tree and Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Col. West, a conservative libertarian running on the Republican ticket is challenging Democrat incumbent Ron Klein.
Klein, a lawyer and professional politician, doesn’t have a lot to run on by comparison. His awards and decorations include membership in the Alpha Epislon Pi Fraternity and some pictures on the walls of his office.
But he likes his cushy Congressional office.He likes it so much that he would ruin Lt. Col West’s life, if necessary, to keep it.
The Florida DNC sent out a campaign mailer for the Klein campaign blasting Col. West for a 2005 tax lien that was paid off four months later.
The tax lien notice, pulled from public records in Indiana is reproduced in the mailer with West’s wife’s name and address redacted but included Col. West’s complete social security number!
“I understand politics is a tough business. I expect to be challenged about my ideas, my beliefs,” West said in a fund-raising e-mail to supporters. “But Ron Klein has clearly crossed a line. I’m not yet sure the potential damage that might come to my wife and me, and it makes me sick to think of what could happen to my daughters. My entire family is at risk of identity theft.”
In typical fashion, the Klein campaign kicked responsibility upstairs to the Florida DNC, which called the inclusion of Col. West’s Social Security number an “oversight.” The Florida DNC responded with the following statement about Lt. Col West, US Army (ret):
“After making every effort to remove all of Allen West’s private information, unlike West who refuses to apologize to Florida’s taxpayers for not paying his taxes and his bills, we apologize for the oversight of not redacting this information from the public record included in the mailer. “
“To end, while this mail piece does not explicitly identify any Social Security number, in order to stop the crazy West accusations, we will pay for identify theft monitoring for the next two years.”
That was the DNC apology to Col. West. His 20 year military career notwithstanding, the DNC says that Col West owes Florida an apology.
As to West’s being upset about the DNC publishing his social security number . . . . well, that’s just crazy.
If this story doesn’t make you weep, it is only because this kind of corruption is so prevalent that it’s become a kind of white background noise that you don’t notice it unless somebody calls it to your attention.
Which is by itself an indicator of just how jaded we’ve become as a country.
What is the most sickening to me isn’t that slimy professional propagandists with the scruples of a Nazi pamphleteer are so hungry for power that they see nothing wrong with their tactics.
What is even more sickening is that they believe, based on polls and focus groups and past history, that tactics like that are effective in winning votes. And it isn’t just the politicians or the partisans or the propandists.
Think about what it says about the voters they are targeting. It certainly reveals what the Florida DNC thinks about the voters that they are targeting.
The DNC thinks that smearing a decorated war hero who sacrificed his career to ensure the safety of his men will win votes for their guy, a lawyer who spent his adult life as a professional politician.
There is a reason that they think that. They believe it will work because it would be effective against them. That is where the major divide is between Left and Right as we understand the terms today.
To the Left, the ends justify the means. Any means, if it ends with them in power.
That’s why they can run an ad like this and expect it to be effective. And that spells perilous times.
The same tactics would backfire if the Right were to try it. It would so disgust conservatives and patriots that if anything, it would swing them around the other way.
That is the thing about politics. It is a mirror of the populace. The DNC’s smear of Col West based on four months of financial trouble five years ago will resonate with the kind of voter attracted to the platform of the Left.
It never ceases to amaze me (and fill me with awe) when I consider how precisely the Apostle Paul’s description of the social mores of the last days — a period he calls, ‘perilous times’ — mirrors the social agenda of the 21st century American Left.
“This know also that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
It is a ponderous package to take in all at once. But read through each charge carefully — and the picture that emerges is stunningly accurate. The remainder of Paul’s word picture is equally accurate.
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”
But even at this late hour, Paul holds out at least a little hope come November.
“But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-9)
Nonetheless, Paul warns that “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
Having warned of the perilous times to come, Paul then looks forward to the generation that will see those times with this admonition:
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of Whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. “ (2nd Timothy 3:11-17)
It looks bad. But that’s how we can tell that Christianity is real. If you know Christ, then when it looks so bad it can’t get any worse, that’s a good sign.
Because the Lord said that when these things begin to come to pass, we are to look up and lift up our heads for our redemption draws near. So even while it looks bad, that’s good, if you are a Christian.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2nd Timothy 1:12)
I am not ashamed either. And I am equally persuaded. He IS able, so ‘that day’ is the day I’ve been waiting for.
Bring it on.