I Stand Against Corruption, Regardless of Party
I wrote a post once titled “We Have To Police Our Own”. At the time, the focus was on a Democratic officeholder who had allegedly refused to act responsibly. That was nearly four years ago, and I’d be hard pressed to come up with another post I wrote that was more important to me.
It now is being alleged that another Democratic officeholder has acted in a manner that is unfitting of the trust voters placed in him. And as before, it must not be allowed to stand. While the person has already resigned his office, I wish to unequivocally condemn the behavior that this person is accused of.
Republicans will try to paint this as damaging to the Democratic Party, and I suppose they’ll be right. But it should not be forgotten how their party has repeatedly dealt with miscreants. We have seen several Republican officials commit disgraceful acts, yet still remain in office.
To claim to be a party free from corruption is little more than rhetoric, unfortunately. There are just too many factors out of control, no matter what steps have been taken to prevent it. Instead, we should put more focus on how corruption is dealt with. Should it be seen only as a matter that could influence elections, or should it receive universal condemnation as a betrayal of the public’s trust.
In the few unfortunate circumstances where the Ohio Democratic Party has had to face such a decision in the past few years, they’ve made the correct decision.