Corruption & Accountability Around the World and in Our Home Town – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – October 13, 2011

Corruption & Accountability Around the World and in Our Home Town – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – October 13, 2011

CFN – I’m reading this op-ed in the NY Times this morning….reading the words carefully after looking at so many stories that are going on in the world.   Protests, death, gross destruction of the enviornment, culture, and fundamental ways of doing things.  If you take the media accounts at the surface it seems that a lot of people are upset.

Communism in theory is a truly great system. As George Orwell shared in Animal Farm and history has proven; in practice it didn’t quite work out.   Democracy too; the best system around truly works in theory, but we people have this way of always finding the edge.

There are always people that will want to dominate; be Alpha, and not really care how they get what they want.

It happens at the top of the world and it happens in small towns; even groups of people.

Good people generally shrink back from corruption.  It’s detestable and the historic way of confrontation of it usually is metaphorically a life and death struggle, and in extreme cases non-metaphorical.

I think though is that it all comes down to Corruption and Accountability.   We have courts; laws, regulations because we need to have checks and balances in place so that good people don’t have to have confrontations with corrupt ones.

Sadly even that gets corrupted.    What I have learned as a student of history is that even the most complex issues is to follow the money.   Who benefits most from a question.   Who makes money when something happens, and then it’s simply a matter if you’re curious enough to figure out how and why?

In the Great Depression there are many that made great fortunes while families and lives were utterly destroyed.  Likewise in the Great Recession recently there are those that made obscene amounts of money; same with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I don’t have the answers to many of those questions and the ones I do have would corrupt the goal of this editorial.   You, if you’re still reading this have to find your own answers.

I do know one thing that if we don’t find ways of limiting Corruption and Accountability at the top how can we ever expect to not have them rule the day from School boards, to Chambers of Commerce, to the way we do business and interact with each other?

It becomes a culture of Corruption.  Is that truly how we want to live?

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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