Can a Corrupt Politician Lead a Moral Crusade?

One of the supreme ironies of the current health care debate is that most of those who demand “universal health care? on moral grounds look to Hillary Clinton as their standard bearer. This video highlights yet another sordid chapter in her tawdry political tale.

Hillary’s supporters have tried to dismiss this because Peter Paul is of “imperfect honesty? himself. What they never explain is how an honest person could have such a well-documented 25-year history of shady dealings with people like Paul, Norman Hsu, and countless others like them.

For nearly three millennia, moral philosophers—not least among them Socrates and Kant—have told us that it is impossible for a personally corrupt individual to preside over an honorable polity. These were not stupid people.

Perhaps this is why the “health care industrial complex? so often lambasted by the advocates of “universal health care? is investing so much money in her campaign.

Comments 4

  1. Scott wrote:

    There is allot of “irony” in politics on both sides of the isle. So put your Captain Obvious costume back in the closet, Halloween is tomorrow.

    Posted 30 Oct 2007 at 11:16 am
  2. drmatt wrote:

    let he who has not sinned cast the first stone

    Posted 30 Oct 2007 at 12:10 pm
  3. Matt Horn wrote:

    Ummm, so because corruption is not just linked to one person, we should take no action? I never took suspect money or bartered favors, and I don’t think many people have. I say smash them all. Any dirty pols, regardless of ideology.

    Posted 30 Oct 2007 at 12:32 pm
  4. drmatt wrote:

    By the way isn’t the phrase, “corrupt politician” a redundancy? In regards to my bible quote, point being you will not find a perfect, unadulterated human being, so if that is the prerequisite to do something moral, nothing moral shall be done.

    Posted 31 Oct 2007 at 7:03 am

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