Absolute power corrupts absolute. It’s an old phrase that rings timelessly through the ages because people continue to prove the saying absolutely correct. When given enough power, time and money even the best of men may succumb the corruption that comes with their position.
He’s not given enough credit for it, but George Washington’s decision to reject his own power was one of the wisest things anyone has ever done in the history of mankind. He was instrumental in setting the tone for a nation which would become stronger than any other nation, and with limitation of power as its central value.
A lot of Americans don’t like being in control, or at least overbearing power. If they are told that their life is under control, they will rebel. It must be disguised in some kind of virtue to subdue their guilt or sense of right.
Democrats have spent a lot of time mastering the ability to prey on Americans’ sense of virtue and have even created a very large subculture out of it. “Woke” culture is a byproduct of Democrats’ continued efforts to signal virtues in order to manipulate people into agreement and compliance.
What’s more, they’ve fooled themselves into thinking that they’re the ultimate good in this world and that even the evil that they do is just because those means justify their ends.
Absolute power can corrupt absolutely and the already corrupt Democrat party seeks absolute power. As I’ve written previously, they’ve wholly forgotten that the entire purpose of being an elected official is service to the people, not service to the party.
It’s something that, thankfully, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema haven’t forgotten, and thankfully have resisted their own party’s efforts to seize complete and total power. They’re not backing down when it comes to the elimination of the Senate filibuster. As a result, they’ve been labeled everything under the sun, including “traitors.”
Who is a traitor?
Fox News reports that Sinema has been called, by New York Rep. Jamaal bowman, a traitor of the memory Sen. John Lewis.
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is a “traitor” to the legacy of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis after reaffirming her support for the filibuster, a New York Democrat asserted Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman shared his views in a Twitter message in which he retweeted a photo that Sinema had posted of herself with Lewis, who died in July 2020 at age 80. She had captioned the post “My hero.”
“Hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Traitor: a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.,” Bowman wrote.
“John Lewis is a hero, you [Sinema] are a traitor to his legacy, your constituents and our democracy.”
Firstly, we’re not a Democracy, and I’ve written about how that’s a good thing in more detail in a previous article.
(READ: Politico Writer Complains the Constitution Is the Enemy of Democracy…He’s Right)
Secondly, being a traitor to Lewis’s legacy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Lewis wasn’t exactly a stand-up politician and without meaning to speak ill of the dead, the man let his people languish while he coasted by on the reputation of a civil rights fight he took part in long ago. His “legacy” is a great example of how not to govern. He was a man who effectively secured power in a place where he wasn’t going to be voted out. His area was ruled by absolute power, but he was also corrupted completely.
His “legacy” is worth betraying.
Bowman’s betrayal towards her constituents is where she makes the biggest mistakes. It’s true that Democrats in her state are ready and willing to send her to the unemployment line by a vast majority, but Arizona is a Republican state as of this writing, and it’s likely that many Republicans have become huge fans of hers. While Democrats may be her voting base, those Republicans are still her constituents as well, and Bowman doesn’t seem to be factoring them in.
But more than that, Sinema isn’t betraying her constituents in principle. She’s keeping the American ideal of limited power alive, and while many leftists in Arizona may be outraged by that now, they may change their tune very swiftly once Republicans (likely) take power after the midterms.
Democrat voters, whether they know it or not, are big fans of limited power when that power isn’t theirs, and the nature of the United States is that power doesn’t belong to one side or person for too long. Democrats need to be cautious of Republicans who seek absolute power, even if it is for their side.