November 28, 2011

'The Want of Power Corrupts' OR 'Just Making a Random Appearance to Say I Told You So'

I'm not going to stay very long. Nor am I going to at all dwell on the fact I haven't blogged in years or explain why. Not that anyone is asking. Or cares. I know I don't.

However, I read this from Mr. Kinsella today and realized that the point he's making is something I predicted a long time ago.

The wanting power for an extended period of time seems to corrupt those that finally do achieve it. Instead of remembering why they wanted to be on top in the first place, all they now know is that they wanted power. And this want seems to cloud and guide their every decision.

Thank you. And. I told you so... I wonder what I'll say in another two years?

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Quotes from people smarter than me...

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich" ~ JFK

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. " ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

"First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. " ~ Kristin Hunter

"When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans." ~ Jean Chretien

"Which is ideology? Which not? You shall know them by their assertion of truth, their contempt for considered reflection, and their fear of debate." ~ John Ralston Saul

"It is undoubtedly easier to believe in absolutes, follow blindly, mouth received wisdom. But that is self-betrayal." ~ John Ralston Saul

"Everybody dies, Tracey. Someone's carrying a bullet for you right now, doesn't even know it. The trick is to die of old age before it finds you." ~ Cpt. Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly, Episode 12)