COUNTERFEITERS: HOW THE TIMES ARE TESTING THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE PATRIOTS AND ARE FINDING THEM TO BE FALSE.
By Jay Arrington, Urban Sentinel Staff Writer | October 13, 2019
“But although the cliche says that power always corrupts, what is seldom said … is that power always reveals. When a man is climbing, trying to persuade others to give him power, concealment is necessary. … But as a man obtains more power, camouflage becomes less necessary.”
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power
How appropriate for the times in which we live. Particularly to those of us with an eye on politics. When I first heard the above quote I thought, “I couldn’t have said it better myself.” If there is one thing that I can say about politics and more to the point, politicians, is that there is no more revealing agent than the thought of a politician losing his/her power.
Over the past ten days or so (but really two plus years) we have witnessed the Republicans in the house and senate twist themselves into the proverbial knot in one shameful attempt after another to please one Donald J. Trump. And while I have no sympathy for them, at times it’s quite painful to watch. Honestly, the way they contort and bend I cannot for the life of me figure out how they manage to walk afterwards.
In February of 2016 Senator Lindsey Graham R-SC tweeted that [Trump] was “an opportunist and that he wasn’t fit to be President of the United States.” Yet despite that most salient truth Graham now spends much of his time either caddying for Trump or extolling Trump’s imaginary virtues on the Sunday shows and in the halls of Congress. In either case, he’s carrying Trump’s bags.
And to think that for all those years [Graham] stood beside the late Senator John McCain pretending to be this full-blown patriot. Watching him now one can only conclude that he is not and never was a patriot at all. Merely, as he said of Trump, an opportunist, climbing the ladder of prestige and power.
So seductive are prestige and power. So much so that most men have no idea when they have it or at the very least don’t need anymore. Take for instance Attorney General Barr, Secretary of State Pompeo, Rudy Giuliani, etc. It was not necessary for anyone of these men to add to their respective resumes. Now, however, they each stand to add “criminal” to the special skills section.
Likewise, most GOP senators, congressmen and women can add “complicit in the subversion of the United States Constitution” to their resumes.
The times are testing those who claim to be patriots and are finding them to be false. Power doesn’t corrupt. It tears away the mask and much like fingerprint powder it just reveals the corruption that was always there.