The increasingly disturbing news forecasting an imminent confrontation or war with Iran is of great concern to me...and I'm sure to all of you. From all appearances, George Bush is prepared to plunge us further into catastrophe while he and the rest of the craven cowards in his administration talk about diplomacy as a ruse to disguise their true intent while they prepare to drench the world in blood.
George Bush and Dick Cheney have been corrupted by the power they wield. They need to be removed from office...now! Below the fold are comments on such corruption by one of the most learned people of the 19th century.
Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, First Baron Acton of Aldenham, was born in Naples, Italy in 1834. Widely known for his belief that "power corrupts", he considered himself first and foremost a historian, though he pursued electoral politics and entered the House of Commons in 1859.
In 1869, Prime Minister Gladstone rewarded Acton for his efforts on behalf of Liberal political causes by offering him a peerage. Lord Acton was considered one of the most learned people of his age. He died in 1902. A sample of his political thinking:
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Letter to Mandell Creighton, 1887
"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern." Letter to Mary Gladstone, 1881
"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end." Lecture, February 26, 1877
"The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority."
"The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities."
Referenced from: Delancey Place