“We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1936
In the heyday of Prohibition when Al Capone and his mob ruled Chicago, if some clergyman or civic leader had appealed to his better nature, do you imagine he’d have given up a life of crime?
In 1938, a social worker who worked with prostitutes run by mobster, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, confronted him in his office, and appealed to his better nature. He said, “Why does a nice lady like you worry about those little bums?"
In China, an elementary school collapsed in an earthquake because it had been built using “tofu dregs” cement. In another Chinese scandal, infant formula, adulterated with melamine, killed babies. The Gulf Oil spill, worst in the history of the world, was caused by BP’s non-compliance with safety regulations. Might any of these horrors have turned out differently if someone had appealed to the perpetrators’ better nature? I don’t think so either.
Protected by a cloaking order handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, Organized Money lurks in the shadows behind frenzied Tea Party faithful, where it schemes to plunder the country. It tells lies to the innocent and bribes the mendacious. These are the purveyors of Organized Money. Does anyone imagine that an appeal to their better nature would change their evil intentions?
The survival of the world’s greatest democracy hangs on exposing these leeches, forcing them to shrivel up and slink out of sight, although even when exposed they will not die, but like undead vampires, hide in darkness until the next lapse in the world’s attention. They enlist innocents like Michele Bachmann, isolated in an alternate reality calling for the end of the E.P.A., and eccentrics like Ron Paul, befuddled by extremist theories, calling for the end of government. Yet these are only side shows. It is an opportunist like Rick Perry, abetted by such as John Boehnor, who is the real danger, hoping to ride the bandwagon all the way to the White House. And if he arrives there, don’t imagine anyone will be able to appeal to his better nature either.