Lack of accountability for use of power, results in too much power for humans to handle.
Historian Lord Acton, expressed this to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” “Bad men” can take power by mere postponement or prevention of accountability for power’s use.
That’s why there are three co-equal branches of American government and the “fourth estate” – a free press – to maximize accountability for use of power by officials. Blunt – or prevent accountability – and the Republic is endangered, if not destroyed. Our good leaders are tempted to abuse power, our bad ones empowered for tyranny, all because their power becomes too great.
Silencing the questions that arise on embarrassing or potentially shocking or criminal activities, eliminates that accountability and opens the door to tyrannies. When protection (by preventing accountability) of a president becomes more important, – you may corrupt him and feed tyranny’s growth.
And because of such a growing cancer, the Republic is endangered or destroyed. It’s life line is truth in the hands of it’s citizens.
Retired general, David Petraeus, head of the CIA and a national hero who shortened the Iraq campaign, and joined in against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He engages in an extramarital affair with married reporter. FBI and CIA delay accountability – hang national security out to dry with a compromised CIA director – until after the election.
Their clear desire to shield President Obama from re-election dangers that scandal brings. That’s corruption of accountability. Days before the election, Iran fires on an American drone over international waters. It is kept quiet. Again, process of national election corrupted, information again suppressed.
Add the scandal of covering up bad policy and “no response” in Benghazi, Libya to this – where four Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador, were murdered by a terrorist militia with ties to Al Qaeda, and you have another item of importance kept from the American people during an election. This cover-up is perhaps worse than that of Watergate and Richard Nixon. As others have pointed out, no one died in Watergate.
Was an Executive branch policy’s outcome, masked to cover for a more extensive web of lies and bad judgement? What role did intentionally misleading American voters on causes of four Americans deaths have on the election?
Only the event of the Benghazi attack and an Ambassador’s murder, could not be covered up. But a stone wall met the few questions asked by “journalists” successfully postponed Obama administration accountability about why and how until after the election. The American press as a total institution, along with the Executive Branch of the Republic became allies in the cause of cover-up, making fertile the ground that breeds tyranny.
All this adds up to this – we must regain accountability of public servants and institutions, with Congress being the only available tool for the cleansing and justice. And with the leadership Harry Reid in the Senate, we understand even Impeachment may not be successful in bringing accountability.
The House of Representatives might be discouraged by that alone from sending a Bill of Impeachment to the Senate, only to have it buried. If so, a very important tool of the Constitution rendered useless. And the cleansing ability of elections much tougher when such suppression of truth and investigation is possible!