Mar 6, 2010

Addicted to Power

Of all the addictions nowadays, it strikes me as peculiar that there is no 12-step program for the Politician. I suspect because the heady fragrance of sweet control is more powerful than crack, and we all know the recidivism rate for crack users is dismally sad. It's hard for the drug counselor to resist the temptation to just tell the crack user that their life is over and they may as well make what peace they can. It's pretty hopeless. But even the crack addict has better hope of recovery than a politician.

All the sins of the flesh can be flagellated by prayer and fasting, with tangible results that redound to the resilient spirit of a good man gone bad, and redeemed. But the permanence of power's mighty siren call is a call to damnation, it seems. Who can be redeemed? Who in recent history, save for Chuck Colson, has eschewed the elitism once earned and moved into the saving grace of obscure service?

Even the vaunted Christianity of Jimmah Carter hasn't yet saved him from that lure. Al Gore's theological training is serving him well in his own delusions of grandeur. And there hasn't been a scandal yet that kept a bad man down as it ought. They spring back up like goatheads and crabgrass.

I think the voting populace is also delusional if they think merely voting out the bastards will cure them. Power once handled and lost drives the politician to the second level of hellish addiction: lobbying. King making. Puppet mastering.

Our forefathers knew this well and so recommended a 2-step program: tar and feathers.

Tempting, I know.


Jean said...

The ones who write 12-step programs are, themselves, power hungry. Why would they make something to control themselves? heh.

Retriever said...

Good post. The mainstream seminaries never recovered from their own addiction to inflated student numbers (of draft dodgers like Gore), and I think that this has been a factor in the decline into PCdom of most of the mainstream denominations ever since. They liked having all those bodies there, so they relaxed standards, made curricula more liberal, and produced a less learned, more PC clergy. I went to one in youth, and am ashamed of having taken so many courses in things like Poetry, Pastoral Counselling and so little Systematic Theology or Greek.