Why is it that for over two decades the U.S. House of Representatives have been paying out hush money to settle over 40 instances of workplace mistreatment and it has only been in the past few months that Main Street America has even heard of it.
What kind of ethics and morals do our 435 elected representatives in the House possess that allows them to believe that they are so much above the law that they can use taxpayer money to payoff and silence workers whom they or their colleagues have abused in one way or another.
These are, of course, rhetorical questions.
That said, there must exist way too many skeletons in each of their closets to go along with this kind of criminal behavior.
And, that is exactly what it is…criminal. By utilizing taxpayer money to silence people who have been done wrong by one of their own, the House of Representatives is involved, in theft and conspiracy, minimally.
What happens? When one gets elected, does one lose all sense of right and wrong?
Our Founding Fathers were not perfect…but they did not fight a long and bloody war against the British aristocracy’s troops, with many losing their own lives and/or fortunes, in order to create an elite class of elected pompous people who do as they wish, when they desire, without any real risk of consequence.
Founding Father and statesman Patrick Henry put it quite simply, “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” While here in America, after we won the Revolutionary War, we do not consider elected officials as rulers, it was what those in charge were called during that time and prior. The tyrant King George III was our last “ruler,” and we royally ousted he and his unconscionable dictates.
One wonders how many more concealed funds there are that benefit our elected representatives, those who are supposed to be serving us, not stealing from us.
Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third president, offered this, “The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.”
Where is the honesty in covering up workplace mistreatment in our Federal Government? And doing so with taxpayer money.
Jefferson also pointed out exactly what needs to happen when elected officials “have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands.” In a quick survey of friends and family it was decided that no one can ever recall giving Congress this power of cover-up with hi-jacked funds. Therefore, they must have assumed the power. The full quote by our third president is: “When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state, and calls for an exercise of the power of dissolution.”
Continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state. And, calls for an exercise of the power of dissolution.
Why would that be?
Because those representatives no longer possess adequate morals, nor any semblance of ethics. And this post has not even brought up those who take bribes or any other type of payoff in order to influence legislation.
Perhaps, unless something is done to rid Capitol Hill of corruption, we are headed down a path that was very briefly, but knowingly, described by Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
As a nation, there is definitely corruption – as seen in the lack of honesty, decency and integrity of our duly elected representatives. This shameful payoff slush fund should have been exposed by some upright Congressperson(s) twenty-one years ago with that first Rep who was accused being put on trial, before the nation.
When they mutually cover-up their public sins, they deserve to be exposed.
When they violate our trust, they are deserving of nothing.