Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

12/14/2008 (7:26 am)

Blago, the Part That Really Scares Me

It’s becoming increasingly clear that President-elect Barack Obama was involved in the process of selecting the successor to his Senate seat. That’s hardly surprising; of course he was. He also lied about it, which appears to be a reflex of his. We’re seeing smoke rising from the pile of unsavory political connections associated with Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption spree surrounding the bidding war for Obama’s seat. There are lots of things we ought to be concerned about regarding this; corruption in high office is no joke. We know how disruptive it can be from the last Democrat who occupied the White House.

Here’s the part that seems new to me, and it’s got me even more concerned:

Gateway Pundit reported on Wednesday that KHQA News from Chicago had a news report on its site from Nov 5, 2008, stating that Obama was going to meet with Governor Blagojevich that afternoon. Stop the ACLU added that KHQA had another report from Nov 8 stating that Obama had met with Blagojevich to discuss the Senate seat.

And then, both news reports disappeared.

Click on either of the original links where the stories were found, and you’ll get a general screen with a message saying that the article is unavailable. KHQA has posted an explanation that they have no knowledge that the meeting that was scheduled for Nov 5 actually took place. Blogger Warren Throckmorton called them, and they deflected his questions. They have no comment about the Nov 8 story that claims that the meeting did take place. Google caches of the story are being purged all over the ‘net. At this point, all that remains of the story is the screen shots that certain internet bloggers took of the original reports.

I remember the Clinton years very clearly. Newspapers all over the country rushed to assist President Clinton as he ducked and ran through the firestorm of controversy that his apparent criminality created. They refused to report on genuine scandals. They published denunciations and rebuttals of stories they had never carried. They headlined phony research suggesting that the President’s reflexive dissembling was normal human behavior. It was obvious they wanted very, very badly for the President to have been a more honest man than he was.

I don’t remember any of them attempting to change history for him, though.

That’s what KHQA is doing. They’re trying to make their own story go away.

KHQA is not the Obama campaign staff. We’ve seen campaign staffers try to pull similar stunts when their candidate lied on the campaign trail, or when embarrassing connections appears on the official campaign web site. This is different; this is ordinary citizens participating in the corruption, out of their own ill will.

We saw some of the same propensity to engage in immoral acts to help The Messiah when employees of the state of Ohio ran background checks on Joe Wurzelbacher. There was no indication that members of the Obama campaign asked them to perform those acts, though I suppose that’s possible. It appears as though Helen Jones-Kelly of the Ohio Depart of Job and Family Services simply decided on her own to help the Obama campaign by breaking the law.

We saw something similar, but not quite as far gone, when the Washington Post attempted to fact-check their own story after the fact and refute it in order to call John McCain a liar. That was bad enough, but at least they did not attempt to pretend that their original story did not exist.

And now, either by request or by their own initiative, a local news organization has decided to make history vanish, in order to help the President-elect lie to the people. It’s more important to them that Obama look credible than that they maintain their own integrity, let alone that they do their jobs as reporters.

The failure is a failure of virtue, and it’s widespread in our nation. These are people for whom “personal integrity” means holding the right political views, not being the right sort of human being. It’s not just the candidate; it’s his followers. They’re all corrupt.

Laws are never enough to maintain the peace, nor are policemen. If the nation decides that law means nothing, there cannot possibly be enough policemen to keep them from breaking the law. We learned this as a nation during Prohibition, but it’s an axiom of political science; lawful behavior requires general agreement from the population. Laws only work when the people agree to them.

If the problem is simply that a law is a bad idea like Prohibition, attempting to enforce a debatable moral rule that most people simply do not agree to, then changing the law solves the problem. However, when the problem is that the people lack the moral virtue to obey even ordinary moral rules like “tell the truth” and “do your job faithfully,” nothing can be done. There is no solution. Civil behavior in that environment is not possible. Personal safety is also not possible. Commerce is not possible; sound commerce relies on trust.

The real horror of the Clinton years was not that the President was corrupt and needed to be removed. That was anticipated by the nation’s founders, which is why impeachment was written into the Constitution. The real horror was the number of people who approved of his corruption, and defended it. You can’t impeach an entire nation.

That horror has only grown worse. Today, instead of the bulk of the nation simply endorsing the corruption, we’re seeing them join it. They’re part of it.

We have not just elected a corrupt politician. We’ve become a corrupt nation. Corrupt nations do not survive, nor do they deserve to.

Hat tip to Jammie Wearing Fool, where I first saw this story.

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December 14, 2008 @ 12:04 pm #

And that’s no lie.

December 14, 2008 @ 7:10 pm #

“I don’t remember any of them attempting to change history for him [Clinton], though.”

You gotta admit, the Ministry of Truth, distributed version, is getting progressively more adept at doing its job.

By the way, when you see the word “progressive,” the incident reported here is the very thing that should come to mind.

December 14, 2008 @ 7:19 pm #

By the way, Mr. Muir’s excellent cartoon today reminded me of something I’ve been noticing lately. That is use of the term “global climate change” instead of “global warming.”

Global warming is a fragile concept. It’s at risk of being debunked by unfortunate facts in the course of time. Global climate change is much more robust. One thing you can be sure of: the climate is always changing.

As the socialists sell snake oil, they’ve gotten pretty good at continuous quality improvement.

December 14, 2008 @ 8:48 pm #

Speaking of Chris’ cartoon, I noticed at the bottom his reference to the line from The Day the Earth Stood Still, “Klaatu barada nikto.” Only, he had it as “Klaatu Baracka Nikto.” I started to write to him that he’d made an error…

December 14, 2008 @ 10:42 pm #

Excellent column. It leaves me with a knot in my stomach, but here we are. Well said.

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