Criminalizing politics is too easy

Will RogersBack in the day, probably the two most uncanny observers of politics were Mark Twain and cowboy philosopher Will Rogers.

“Mark Twain quipped in the 1870s. “We have the best government that money can buy”

 “Will Rogers observed half a century later: The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win,”
Commentary – We get the best politicians money can buy

However, proving it is another matter. George Will’s editorial points out some of the traps in criminalizing corruption. It is actually a double edge sword which is best summerized by the quotes below.

“All elected officials, and those who help finance elections in the expectation that certain promises will be kept — and everyone who cares about the rule of law — should hope the Supreme Court agrees to hear Don Siegelman’s appeal of his conviction. Until the court clarifies what constitutes quid pro quo political corruption, Americans engage in politics at their peril because prosecutors have dangerous discretion to criminalize politics.

Siegelman, a Democrat, was elected Alabama’s governor in 1998 and was defeated in 2002. In 2006, he and a prominent Alabama businessman — Richard Scrushy, former CEO of HealthSouth — were convicted of bribery…..”
Criminalizing politics is too easy

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