From time to time there will be some scandal or uncovering of an elected official obtaining the services of someone engaged in what is called the ‘oldest profession’. The self-righteous diatribe that ensues is often laughable and the motivation evident. The outrage or outcry depends on which side of the aisle one hangs their hat. The media will become fierce watchdogs when it is a conservative or Republican and virtually silent and disinterested when it is a liberal or Democrat. When activism is conducted from the bench based rooted in political ideology and often as a reward for the appointment that is, at best, an activity akin to the ‘world’s oldest profession’ politically.
As a moral society some things are or should be offensive and that includes the indiscretions of public figures, violating marriage vows, and otherwise showing lack of moral fiber. Yet, I am outraged by a different kind of indiscretion and that is what I would call ‘Political Prostitution’. Why are we upset when a politician engages the services of a ‘lady of the night’ or ‘man of the night’ as the case might be and not offended when politicians ‘sell their souls’ for money and power.
Prostitution as defined in the dictionary is: ‘the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.’ A sub definition is: “the unworthy or corrupt use of one’s talents for the sake of personal or financial gain.” If we embark armed with that definition then the ‘influence peddlers’ of Washington, DC who solicit the elected officials with campaign contributions, donations to various causes, PAC’s or the providing of influence and power promises are seeking PROSTITUTES and the elected official successful solicited is engaging in POLITICAL PROSTITUTION. In many cases it does not seem to be illegal and in most cases seems to be viewed as just part of what happens in Washington.
When the elected official sells his vote for money, influence, or power is that not PROSTITUTION? It is a violation of the spirit and intent of our founding fathers in their drafting of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It violates the sacred trust promised to the constituents who voted for this individual and is akin to break the marriage vows, in my view. I do not place elected officials on the same level as marriage but you see the analogy. I am not anti-corporations but am anti-bribery and the POLITICAL PROSTITUTION that those in DC engage in regularly is nothing short of bribery and those participating should be held accountable by the voters if not by the law but they seldom are.
We can pass all the laws we want and it will not control it. It goes to the moral makeup of the individual and the willingness of voters to JUST SAY NO to any politician who practices it. We have not seen much of that and while Congress has attempted to gain some control in the past, largely superficial it has not and will not change until WE THE PEOPLE show them the door. In 1907 we had the Tillman Act of 1907 which was an attempt to prevent ‘legalized bribery’ (political prostitution) and in the not too distant past we had the so-called Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act known as (McCain-Feingold). Corruption will not become incorruption via legislation but has to come from ‘core values’ within the heart and mind of the individual.
We the voters are the injured party. The politicians and the ‘money’ are guilty of political prostitution. I have watched as someone will campaign on a platform of integrity and being a public servant only to watch their metamorphosis into a Political Prostitute and sell themselves to the highest bidder. Oh, they may keep it on the down low but we see it and if you look carefully at their votes and where the money comes from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are GUILTY.
I’m fed up with their lack of fidelity and blatant deception. I would love to see a concerted effort by the voters to rid the halls of Congress of those who participate in political prostitution and it would not take many election cycles until they got the message. Is that likely? NO! But it is a thought that brings a smile to my face as I think of the possibility.
Remember November and remember you are America! May God bless you and may God bless America!