Bride of Rove worries that Glenn Beck's call for whistleblowers on Monday may be a sign that he's close to losing it.
She sites three possible motives for people coming forward:
- To take someone out equally repulsive as themselves in which case you are not really fixing anything at all.
- To set you up for some elaborate fall. You are dealing with people who have had years of experience at working people over, who can’t be fired, and who have the patience of saints when it comes to revenge. They can’t think up ways to fix the economy, but they are MASTERS at thinking up ways to screw with you.
- Writing a book and looking for a $$$ retirement and a little fame.
Point 2 is interesting. It assumes that Beck wouldn't fact-check anything brought forward and confirm it independently if possible. There is enough at stake that this is a legitimate concern, but you figure Beck and Fox haven't got this far without impressive CYA systems in place.
Point 1 gets at the need for systemic reform. Beck has been on a corruption tear this week, but I have bad news: even a 50% purge in Congress is tantamount to mowing a weedy lawn. The weeds will return so long as the roots remain.
And it's not like you'll ever have a corruption-free Congress. So let's disabuse ourselves of the notion that the 111th Congress is overwhelmingly more corrupt than previous versions. It may be more corrupt than average, however you measure that. But even under Newt Gingrich, there was no walking back of the national debt. Using that as a metric, you have to go back to the Truman administration to find a Congress that was less corrupt.
My hope is that Beck finishes off the week looking a Federalism. Until the Congress and the people get off the co-dependent relationship born 100 years ago, and restore the States to significant political meaning, all these calls for ending corruption are just so much noise. The moral hazard of the Imperial Fed is the real issue.
The hopeful of 9/12 is that the people are watching. Whether they are willing to fight to restore what's been lost, and then fight to retain the political power at the level of their State remains to be seen. The temptation to allow moral hazard in the name of economies of scale is seductive indeed.
But this is the Information Age. Technology should be driving de-centralization of power, not its concentration into the building blocks of tyranny. Kids are running amok with hidden cameras, embarrassing the corrupt in and out of office. Good times.
So hopefully Glenn Beck does more than drive his show's ratings, and I'm confident he will.