Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

Posted: June 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

TIME ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Gary Hart

Posted on 6/28/2015, 10:03:08 AM by Brad from Tennessee

Welcome to the age of vanity politics and campaigns-for-hire. What would our founders make of this nightmare?

Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt.

From Plato and Aristotle forward, corruption was meant to describe actions and decisions that put a narrow, special, or personal interest ahead of the interest of the public or commonwealth. Corruption did not have to stoop to money under the table, vote buying, or even renting out the Lincoln bedroom. In the governing of a republic, corruption was…

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