Culture of Corruption

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on October 2nd, 2005

Author: Marty Martorella

    There is a culture of corruption which has laid siege of Washington. The treasonous acts from voter fraud to an illegitimate war have brought all forms of corruption into the government. There are still the pending questions to who leaked the indignity of Valerie Plame. There is widespread fraud in awarding of government contracts in Iraq and in New Orleans. Paul Bremer once head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq left with $9 billion missing. There is $1 billion missing from the Iraqi Defense Ministry. The corruption seems to be widespread in the Republican Party. Even “The Conservative voice” said it right, “The Republican Party is on the Ropes!”

Things don't look too good for the Grand Old Party these days. Rep. Tom DeLay's indictment, Sen. Bill Frist's SEC investigation, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Valerie Plame-CIA leak investigation and the antiwar rally in Washington, DC all received immense news coverage. 


   We will be looking at the numerous scandals brought to us by the Republicans in their Culture of Corruption. What we do not want to do is be so arrogant as to think that corruption is the creation of the Republican Party. It would seem that who ever is in power has the temptation to misuse their power. This is why there is always the need for oversight of the government.  With the indictment House Majority Leader Tom Delay House Majority Leader Tom Delay he was forced to relinquish that post to Rep. Roy Blunt, but he faces ethics questions himself.

Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show that since 2003, Blunt's political action committee has paid $94,000 in salary to the consulting firm of Jim Ellis, a longtime associate of DeLay. Ellis has been indicted in the same case as DeLay, for allegedly conspiring to illegally influence the outcome of Texas legislative elections by channeling corporate money to Republican candidates.

Congressional watchdog groups and Democrats pointed to Blunt hiring Ellis' firm, JW Ellis Co., as evidence of what they said was an atmosphere of corruption on Capitol Hill. t r u t h o u t.org

   The corruption seems to be like a highly contagious disease.

The White House's top procurement officer, David Safavian, was recently arrested for lying and obstructing the investigation of Abramoff. He resigned on the day he was arrested, sparing President Bush the sight of one of his top aides being handcuffed and frog-marched out of the White House. Safavian was working on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts before he resigned. The Brattleboro Reformer Also in NYT

   With Fitzgerald’s investigation into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame closing in on the guilty parties names like Libby, Rove and even Vice President Cheney are floating to the top. “A lawyer who knows Mr. Libby’s account said the administration efforts to limit the damage from Mr. Wilson’s criticism extended as high as Mr. Cheney.” PT

New York Times reporter Judith Miller is out of jail after 85 days. Miller’s source has now given her permission to reveal his name. Miller's source was Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby. Former Ambassador Joe Wilson was on The Ed Schultz Show Thursday. Wilson told Ed that he thought Karl Rove would be indicted. Click here to listen to the interview.

Karl Rove confirmed that he was one of the sources that outed CIA operative, Valerie Plame to Robert D. Novak. Washington Post

    The scandals continue and one must ask how did an administration which came to power saying that it would be moral and honest take such wrong turns? How did a man like Mr. Bush who proclaims to be a born again Christian find himself surrounded in a culture of corruption? It is my opinion that it all began when their first efforts were to grant the great tax give away to the rich in the land. They sold it by saying “it’s your money; you know best how to spend it.” This brought the emphases on taking care of one’s self rather than looking out for the Nation as a whole. It was the idea of taking care of “number one!” The problem is when ever we put ourselves over others we are doomed to failure. Jesus said;

For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. Mt 16: 25 (Amplified Bible)

   When we become so self absorbed we push God and everything which is holy out of our lives and begin to do unspeakable things such as seen in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

There have been 17 separate investigations of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and other prisoner abuse scandals. All have gone straight to the bottom of every case. All have consistently claimed that no one higher up the chain of command, including the civilian leadership in the Pentagon. If the lowest private fails, then others have failed in training, leading and directing that private. The chain runs from sergeant to lieutenant to captain to lieutenant colonel to colonel to one, two, three and four stars, on to the longest serving, most arrogant secretary of defense in our history, Donald H. Rumsfeld, and beyond him to the commander in chief, President Bush. Knight Ridder Newspapers

   When we put ourselves in the place where only God belongs we find ourselves justifying anything.

Here's where the real GOP corruption can be seen. About 80 percent of the $1.5 billion contracts handed out by the federal government by the Federal Emergency Management Agency were handed with little or no competitive bidding. Much of the work has gone to companies with close ties to the Republican Party, such as Halliburton and Bechtel, companies that are currently under federal investigation for over billing and shoddy work in Iraq. … This is how $300 billion budget surplus got turned into a $550 billion (and rising) budget deficit. This is how al-Qaida was ignored until two jets flew into the World Trade Center. This is how the invasion of Iraq turned into a disaster. This is how people died in the streets of New Orleans waiting for help that never arrived. Corruption and incompetence are the values that the current national Republican Party epitomizes. Budget deficits. Shoveling money at friends. Inaction on important problems. Wars based on lies and wishful thinking. All this is why this nation is in deep trouble. The Brattleboro Reformer

   As we look it would seem as if the Culture of Corruption has totally engulfed the Republican Party. One needs to remember that when ever God is replaced with selfish ambition corruption will follow. This is true no matter which party is in power. It is true no matter how holy or charitable the rhetoric maybe. As Jesus said in Matthew 12: 33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.” These are more articles which reveal that the tree known as the Republican Party is engulfed in the Culture of Corruption.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating HCA Inc., the hospital chain founded by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's family, the company said Thursday. ... Documents show that while HCA insiders were selling millions of dollars of their own stock this year, they were also painting an upbeat picture of the company's outlook for investors. On June 14, the day after Frist, R-Tenn., ordered his shares sold, HCA officers at a Goldman Sachs health care conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., spoke optimistically about the company's prospects. Yahoo News

Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party. NYT

Republican insider, fundraiser and Bush "Pioneer" Tom Noe presided over George W. Bush's reelection campaign in Lucas County, which encompasses the city of Toledo. Noe, a Toledo coin dealer -- and former chair of the Lucas County Republican Party -- now presides over a Byzantine political scandal involving fraud with state money, political cronyism, alleged kickbacks and a federal investigation of illegal contributions to George W. Bush. Salon.com

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) yesterday pleaded no contest to charges that he violated state ethics laws… issued a public apology after being convicted on four misdemeanor counts for failing to report 52 golf outings, dinners and other entertainment gifts. He was fined $4,000, the maximum. The Washington Post

 

13 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is really good, how does anyone keep track of so much corruption? I don't think that all Republicans are corrupt or even that most of their Representatives are, but those in their leadership certainly are corrupt! Like you said the fruit of this President is the culture of corruption (well put). I'm sure that Joe Republican is doing one of these

  2. Anonymous says:

    It sounds like a liberal media conspiracy to make the Republican Party look bad. I will be the first to say that the government does have corruption, but that is left over from the Clinton days. If anyone did anything wrong it was a bureaucrat who was hired by Clinton. They have been trying to make President Bush look bad from the beginning. Do you remember how the stole all the

  3. Anonymous says:

       Carolyn

       To start with there is no such thing as a Liberal media and I would hardly call reporting the truth as a conspiracy. You cannot be serious by blaming President Clinton for the corruption seen in Tom DeLay, Bill Frist, Tom Noe, Bob Taft, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, David Safavian, Jack Abramoff, Roy Blunt, Dick Cheney and possibly George Junior Bush? The question that I have asked for so long without any answers is this,

  4. Anonymous says:

    O My God, Blondie! That is such a load of

  5. Anonymous says:

    The media does not have to go looking for or making up stories about this corrupt administration. They are doing a good job all by themselves.
    I don't know where this started, using the adjectives liberal or conservative to describe particular sections of the news media. Properly reported news is void of bias and prejudice – in an ideal world. It is when politicians and others have something that cannot stand up under the light of truth that they manipulate the media. How manipulate? A little economic pressure in the right place, the withdrawing of an ad, for instance, works wonders on influencing the media's “education” and policy. The bottom line is, regardless how you cut it, the bottom line. It's all about money.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think the hammer is about to get boken.
    hammer,brocken,work

  7. Anonymous says:


        While working for Cheney, Leandro Aragoncillo is under a FBI investigation of whether he took classified information and passed it to Filipino officials. Click here for the full story. It just seems that more corruption just keeps flowing out of this White House. The question is why? Why are the Republicans immersed in the Culture of Corruption?

  8. Anonymous says:

    But he worked for Gore too, so like I said at least some of this corruption started in the Clinton administration.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You're trying to bail out a shinking ship with excuses!  

  10. Anonymous says:

    Where is the Democratic cry about the culture of corruption now that one of their own has been caught with his hand on the cookie jar?

    (Reuters) – A U.S. Democratic congressman facing a bribery probe after police found $90,000 in his freezer denied wrongdoing on Monday and said he would not step down from his congressional seat. Reuters.com

       

                                                                                                                                                   Go Bush

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wait a minute there, Democrats have been calling for Jefferson to resign while mostly Republicans have been calling it an example of the executive branch overstepping their powers. Could it be that they’re afraid that they could be next? Why else would all these top Republicans be sticking up for a crooked Democrat? Yes, I said a crooked Democrat, I don’t care what party they’re in, and if they are a crook I want them out of office. I take it back, as a Democrat it bothers me a lot more to see it from someone in my own party. The difference is that when we see it we want to remove the corruption, but that isn’t how the right does it now is it? No, the Republican motto is to deny, deny and deny.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Who called for him to resign? This just proves that there is corruption in both parties equally.

  13. Anonymous says:

    We will be looking at the numerous scandals brought to us by the Republicans in their Culture of Corruption. What we do not want to do is be so arrogant as to think that corruption is the creation of the Republican Party. It would seem that who ever is in power has the temptation to misuse their power. This is why there is always the need for oversight of the government. With the indictment House Majority Leader Tom Delay House Majority Leader Tom Delay he testking 70-646 was forced to relinquish that post to Rep. Roy Blunt, but he faces ethics questions himself. Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show that since 2003, Blunt's political action committee has paid $94,000 in salary to the consulting firm of Jim Ellis, a longtime testking PMI-001 associate of DeLay. Ellis has been indicted in the same case as DeLay, for allegedly conspiring to illegally influence the outcome of Texas legislative testking 642-436 elections by channeling corporate money to Republican candidates.

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