When the liberal establishment circles the wagons to defend one of its own it hurts everyone.

Clearly there is crime in politics.  We’ve seen it time and time again.  It happens on both sides of the political spectrum and everywhere in between (or maybe especially in between).  Typically, it is the Republican, or conservative politician, who gets the most air time for crimes committed.  When a Democrat commits a crime, it may get reported, but it certainly doesn’t attract too much attention on the national stage.  Additionally, it doesn’t matter what the crime may be, the Republicans are always vilified and run out of office if at all possible.  Conversely, whatever the crime a Democrat commits is easily brushed aside and typically has no bearing on whether or not they should stay in office.

No big deal, right?  Well, from the perspective of a sin-sick human nature, this is all par for the course.  From the perspective of keeping our country great and on solid and stable ground it raises some concern. 

A quick aside.  If you believe that the human race is infected with an incurable illness called sin, then you have to recognize that crime will happen and criminals will do their best to get away with it.  Defeating crime is a matter of much debate, but the best you’ll ever be able to do is diminish its pervasiveness here on earth through various measures of deterrence.  If you believe that human nature is basically good, then you think that crime in the political arena is related to the political ideas held by a politician and the nurturing that a particular politician received along their path to office.  I don’t intend to argue about Original Sin, but it is important to note that those two different lines of thinking are going to be at odds when it comes to solving the problem of crime in politics.

Now, why is the covering up, whitewashing, or ingnoring of crimes committed by Democrats and other liberal politicians bad for our country?  It stifles constructive debate on the ideas and ideals that direct the course of our nation.  Making it hard for criminals to continuing in public office is great as long as it is applied to everyone without prejudice.  When it tends to tilt toward one end of the ideological spectrum it cheats a whole set of ideals and their proponents from their ability to engage in political contests.  The guilt of association becomes a large stick with which to suppress serious discussion.  The smearing of character of an entire party, or ideological position, is a quick way to close the mouths of would be dissenters in a public forum.  By keeping the pressure on Republican crimes while largely ignoring Democrat crimes, it erodes the balance of political thought found in the marketplace of ideas.

Politics is often referred to as a game.  Fine.  It’s a game that most citizens find despicable, both in their own work place scenarios or the world of public office.  But with every game there are rules to be followed.  Rules that should be sacrosanct and difficult to change have become very malleable and the real contest of modern politics seems to be who can change the rules of the game in order to outmaneuver their opponent.  The shifting nature of the rules of politics has undermined the integrity of our country and even though it is still the greatest country in the world it faces a serious challenge from those whose only passion is power.

The lack of an absolute set of rules by which we monitor our public officials, we practically invite people with sub-standard scruples who are only interested in becoming more powerful to participate in the political arena while making it nearly impossible for anyone with a genuine interest in public welfare to get their foot in the door.

The behavior of the Left is this regard is not only unfortunate, it is often willfully destructive to the ideas set forth at the founding of this country.

MW

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