Corruption in politics at the local, state, and federal levels is much like a fast spreading cancer that is ready to consume and destroy the body. The cancer of corruption must be rooted out, and there is no time to wait. Like cancer destroys the lifeblood of the physical body, so corruption destroys the lifeblood of the body politic. We should never tolerate any hint of wrongdoing in the public sphere. Leaders and citizens of this country must be willing to combat the forces of evil in our government without hesitation. If we fail to enforce the rule of law in the political domain, we are consenting to behavior that is out of touch with the vision of our Founding Fathers. When that happens, the integrity of our founding documents and the very existence of our country are put at risk. The Latin phrase, Qui Tacet Consentrie, is translated, “he who is silent is understood to consent.” Leaders need to do more and attack the “cancer of corruption” in our government and must not consent by remaining silent!
Let’s explore several ways that public servants can guard themselves and contribute to reform in this area.
Our Founding Fathers designed a Constitution that would protect us from the baser instincts of mankind. The rule of law is the primary basis of that document. In a sense, they are telling us that the ball is in our court. We need to defend and enforce the laws of the land rigorously. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay also knew of the evil machinations of mankind when writing The Federalist Papers in support of the Constitution. I believe that we need to take a Reformist approach to rooting out corruption in our politics. Leaders must be held to a higher standard. When enforcing our current ethics rules, we must never let the delicacies of political thinking and reasoning overshadow our commitment to God’s moral law. His moral law is the foundation of the laws of our land. God bless America!