Corruption

In a convention speech given by Benjamin Franklin on June 2, 1787, he discusses the topic of salaries and political figures.

There are two Passions which have a powerful Influence in the Affairs of Men. These are Ambition and Avarice; the Love of Power, and the Love of Money. Separately each of these has great Force in prompting Men to Action; but when united in View of the same Object, they have in many Minds the most violent Effect. Place before the Eyes of such Men a [Post] of Honor that shall at the same time be a Place of Profit, and they will move Heaven and Earth to obtain it.

The point I think the Ben was making is that if you give people positions of power and money, then the people that will be drawn to those positions are those who have a LOVE for money and power.  Is that the type of person we really want to create laws for us?   This reminds me of two other quotes that I have heard.  The first one was by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (Lord Acton).  Lord Acton wrote a letter to the Bishop Madell Creighton in 1887, in that letter he wrote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men.”   Another phrase is by William Pit, in the UK House of Lords in 1770, he said, “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.“.

So, the question is.  Why have we put both Money and Power in the hands of our political elect?  We are setting them and ourselves up for a down fall.   Do you think that maybe term limits on not just the US President, but on Congress, as well as Judges could solve this problem?

Lord Acton also said this, “It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people to govern others.  Every man is the best, the most responsible, judge of his own advantage.”   The more people we give the ability to rule over us, the harder fall we set ourselves up for.   Who knows better how to govern ourselves then ourselves?  So why are we giving that right to so many corruptible men?

The Obama Administration has created more and more places where power and money meet.  Do we really need more positions in the government?   We have let them create positions to oversee or Health Care, our Financial Matters, how we use Energy, what we Teach our kids.   With all of these positions of for profit power, we are asking for trouble.  We are asking for men to be corrupt, and for men that seek after both those things to govern us.

I am also reminded of a scripture that discusses just this thing.  The scripture is talking about the priesthood of God.  The scripture says that there are many called, but few are chosen.  It then answers the question of why they are not chosen.

35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—

36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.

37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man. [D&C 121:35-37]

I think that we should take what the Lord is telling Joseph Smith on March 20, 1839 while he was being held as a prisoner in the Liberty, Missouri jail to heart.

When a man has been called (or elected to office in this case), and it has been discovered that he has not been chosen (or he is seeking the honors of men, to gratify pride, has vain ambitions, or exercise control) that he needs to be removed from that office.   We also should not be putting people in a position where they cannot be removed from office.

Come this November, we will have a chance to vote.   If you think a person that is up for election is in it for Money, Pride, Control, then you should say to yourself, Amen to the authority of that man.  We should only elect those men to office that are trying to make our country a better place for us.

Anyone that is running or is up for vote or election that you feel does not have your best interest in heart, should not get your vote.   We should withdraw from them, and remove any authority they may currently have, or desire to have.

GET OUT AND VOTE…  It is your ethical and moral obligation to elect those who are just men.

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