Power is a strong drug. Every candidate that is running for the presidency is doing so because they desire power. The amount of power wanted varies among the candidates and is dependent upon their degree of self-absorption. They all say that they have all the answers to all our problems when in reality, they just want control.
Often times, people enter politics with good intentions. They may start out as a “Mr. Smith”. After spending time as an elected official, people begin to comprehend and appreciate their position of power and control and that is when they begin to change. Yes, change does happen.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is about power and how power corrupts even the best among us. Frodo had “the ring”, the one that controls them all. No matter how hard Frodo tried, he found it impossible to resist the power that came with wearing the ring. It took someone else to toss the ring into the fire because Frodo just couldn’t do it. The power was too strong and the power was destructive.
Elected officials often find themselves in the same position as Frodo. They find it hard to resist the power that comes with their position. The longer they are in politics, the more entrenched in power they become. Even after they are voted out, they come back seeking to be elected in a different position of power. The power of holding a government office is addicting.
Money is the means of achieving positions of power. If we want this to change, then we must be the ones to push “the ring” into the fire by taking the money out of politics and by limiting the number of terms in office. It is time to amend the Constitution.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton