Friday, May 27, 2005

Another Era of Reform Begins

February 7, 1897 by Frank Beard. OSU History Dept. website.


Anonymous Sepp said...

There is a special trap for every holder of power, whether the director of a company, the head of state, or the ruler of a dictatorship. His favor is so desirable to his subordinates that they will sue for it by every means possible. Servility becomes endemic among his entourage, who compete among themselves in their show of devotion. This in turn exercises a sway upon the ruler, who becomes corrupted in turn.
-Albert Speer
This quote is quite valid today as it was 50 years ago when penned. A good picture of our local and state government can be found in it.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans may have "coingate," but the local Democrats have a lot of scandals too in recent years Examples include Carty Finkbeiner's "Condogate" scandal, Ray Kest and his various activities, Bob McCloskey's pending extortion case, Jack Ford's steam plant giveaway to campaign contributors, and Jack Ford's questionable use of taxpayer money for his re-election campaign in the form of his " Jack Ford: Mayor" campaign. And these scams are a black eye to both the "A and B" factions of the Democratic Party.
I am not sticking up for Tom Noe. What he did was wrong, but I'd like to remind the Democrats to refrain from throwing rocks when they themselves live in glass houses. They are not the "superior moral agents" that they claim to be.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

This came to mind with the title of the piece being "Insanity and Greed":

This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of Wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and after doing so to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial result for the community-the man of wealth thus becoming the sole agent and trustee for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience, and ability to administer-doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.

Andrew Carnegie, "Wealth," North American Review, June 1889

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Coingate" or "Noegate" has just begun to name names. When the lid truly blows off this thing, it will be big and even more devastating to local and state GOP. Remember, anyone who dealt with the Noes in terms of giving their (Noe) money to Bush is guilty as well. Deals will be made and many will cut a deal to free themselves to help convict Noe. This is from a true inside source...the dominoes will soon fall. This may still run further up the flagpole. Stay tuned.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Thank you Frank for expanding this debate beyond the myopic.

History is full of abuses of power, it is timeless and pervasive. How to lead without greed? Indeed how do we not have whole groups pulled under the spell of power in man's attempt to identify with the powerful? This may be a wake up for closer citizen involvement in their government.

I've seen the quips about Democrats not being able to castigate Noe and his accomplices due to their own imperfections. Absurd! Since when is perfection the expectation? No system or party of humans will ever be perfect. Must we be perfect before we ask for justice, fairness, and reform?

Quite simply all Ohioans should be angry with this, as it was our money used for personal and political gain. One might ask themselves how could multiple millions of dollars be missing for so long? Where were the overseers?

Events like this should remind us of the need for balances in power. The USA and its states are one of the best models of democracy held in check by its multiple branches of government with citizens able to effectively change any or all at any time.

We may have just been reminded of how dangerous it is to empower all three branches with a single party who, simply by the nature of mankind cannot police itself effectively when their own interests are at stake. We might consider that this was one of the failures of fascism and communism.

I suspect a different political landscape will emerge as a result of Noe and his privateers in the Republican Party. Will those who received money from Noe’s alleged criminal activities return it, or will self-preservation prevail over responsibility, respect, and a sense of right?

I do wonder what the world would look like if this scandal made the light of day say, last October? So much more relevant than swift boats...

Thanks for the history check Frank.

9:35 PM  

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