OH SAY NATION: A Political Commentary 4th Edition


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The Politics of Corruption: Political Endangerment As An Alibi for Wanton Political Force



   THAT there may happen cases in which the national government may be necessitated to resort to force, cannot be denied. Our own experience has corroborated the lessons taught by the examples of other nations; that emergencies of this sort will sometimes arise in all societies, however constituted; that seditions and insurrections are, unhappily, maladies as inseparable from the body politic as tumors and eruptions from the natural body; that the idea of governing at all times by the simple force of law (which we have been told is the only admissible principle of republican government), has no place but in the reveries of those political doctors whose sagacity disdains the admonitions of experimental instruction.     Federalist Paper No. 28 by Hamilton
     Whensoever a nation becomes saturated with the underground market of illicit trade such as is the drug trade, for example, then there will inevitably arise a certain rule of anarchistic force among the people. A subtle war against freedom is being waged as dealers in the black market inject at once their wares through the false incrimination war games against others. Whether these others are innocent or duly and so unlawfully engaged, do they reflect the illicit authority gained therefrom into the political and judicio-legal channels.  This challenges and pollutes the overall governing social network. 
     If we revert to the days when this Republic was being formulated in its system of governing and consider the political philosophical wisdom of the time, then Alexander Hamilton's quote above gives cause for us to think on a more elevated scientific plane than the criminal scientific plane which is being cast in shadowy form across the light of the founding days.  Hamilton's call in a case specific to the question of the sovereignty of the individual states of the nascent Republic to the scientific ardor for the truth lent by experiment is a most useful contemplative tool as we must learn how to oppose successfully any drug regime in our great nation.  The rule of law must always supercede, and this simple caveat must always give us pause.  Where such rule of law is not prevalent, counterforces may indeed cause unrest and even insurrection.  At such time as open anarchy strikes a nation's people, if even episodically, then the clarity of the political scientific experiment that is this American republic becomes momentarily lessened since it will become suffused with doubt.  The harmony which inheres in the people for their place and moment to pursue happiness becomes objectified instead to an unrest as that harmony is split asunder by the insidious threat of anarchy when drug dealers politick so as to take charge, to take over; slowly this sense of injustice to the people can foment an even deeper unrest.  This is why we must value greatly the clear thinking present in our democratic philosophical roots and continuously analyze the power of corruption to overthrow our domestic tranquility.  Never should policy formation at the state level, for example, place on a chopping block the blessings of liberty of a single citizen on a premise of political endangerment.  That premise must be invisible unless that citizen is taken to task in the judicio-legal system and proved to be a destroyer by criminal deed and intent at a level meet with such necessity to so decree instead of adjudicate.  If such politically derived policy is to deny a citizen her civil liberties, then the very source of liberty for all has been equally objectified to the politicians who did so conceive of the destruction of those civil liberties.  The formation of such a sordid policy when further backed by the authority of the power invested by the police upon such an individual whether innocent or not amounts to a decree by legislative dint and a decree to misery.  Where other citizens can pursue happiness, the one so targeted as to be the bearer of political endangerment to the wider society cannot pursue happiness, and this is directly counter to the spirit of law as derived from the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Further, such an example thus made starts a decay of values in the thinking and in the deeds of any citizenry who might come to believe in such a distorted form of justice and adjudication.  Yet, it is no justice.  It is a decree which stands outside the rule of law.  It is a form of defamation of the one in question if that one is in the obstructive way of the rule of the drug-dealing political soothsayers.
     To render the corruptive political influence of the drug dealers of this country the political power and moment to decree as a political agent of danger a given citizen who heroically stands against the criminal work of drug dealers is morally wrong; and more than that, it is a form of dictatorship.  This arrogation of the system of law and order into the life of one who is abiding beyond question in such law and order by those whose interests are suspect in so doing is to be refuted from a scientific basis if we are to continue in the greater spirit of truth itself to seek and to recognize great leadership, leadership by proper example in the face of adverse challenge.  It is easy to target one lone individual and to rule from that objectifying premise but only if the individual being so objectified rules back and refuses to buckle to the weight of false accusations; false accusations can only ever be implicit.  And they are implied by the gravity of the question that an individual could endanger so many.  How? 
     Where honesty and the elevation of principle retain for such an individual a certain immunity to the evils of a drug regime, then that regime may choose to cast forth the larger socio-political persuasion that such immunity is a cause for crimes to build among them.  But the puristic mind asks immediately:  whose crimes are they?  The Machiavellian mind asks immediately: since these drug dealers are taking over and will take over, then anyone of unusual power and prominence who will not join them is a threat to the peace.  Likening that peace to the question of the domestic tranquility and succeeding at it through the example of one law-abiding citizen by labeling her as a political endangerment is the seed of a communistic dictatorship in an existing regime of perverse drug dealers.
Marilynn Stark    July 28, 2002  All Rights Reserved


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