Walter Goodman Quote

“Corruption is no stranger to Washington; it is a famous resident.”

Ratings and Comments

David L. Rosenthal

He also said "The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling." It seems he liked to simply state the obvious.

E Archer, NYC

If it is so damn obvious, why do we let Washington steal our money and our rights?

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    EGL, LA    12/13/06

    Why? becasue they eliminated the draft.

    Mike, Norwalk

    Or it could be said; The residents of Washington are corrupt, being strangers to the once famous sovereign(s).

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    Anon    12/3/08

    To E Archer. Because of fear of men and the power they have.

    Scoot4par, Ruston

    pithy quote on the obvious.... anyplace where they mete out power and money by an unrestricted majority vote will attract all sorts of homesteaders

    jim k, austin

    And the family is growing.

    Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

    He could have been less narrow by adding: New York, Paris, and Rome! It is not Washington that it is corrupt, it is man, universally and internationally.

    Logan, Memphis, TN

    Government is merely an abstract entity and institution; it does not exist "naturally" but must be artificially created, exercised, enforced, and pushed forward by man. How exactly can man then maintain government correctly? What is "correctly" anyway? What makes one government better than another? What makes one government more or less corrupt? Humanity has stipulated a certain codex of reasoned human abuses, but where did the idea of "abuse" even come from? Is it human emotion and feeling, or the divine edicts that first placed within man the thought of "abuse" and "protection"? If there is no God then there is only what "works" and what doesn't (science) -- there is no absolute "right" or "wrong," only what happened and what didn't happen, what worked and what didn't work; if there IS a God, then there most likely is a correct way of doing things -- but that puts us back onto the question of what "correct" is. If there is no God, how does society figure what works good for me and not for my neighbor? What legitimacy should we give to one man's stipulation over another man's idea? Under this premise it can be argued that Hitler should be praised rather than condemned -- after all, if there is not God, then all thought is arbitrary (no absolute right or wrong) -- Hitler simply rose to the top of his specie better than the next man. Hitler then was the ultimate manifestation of natural selection in his day (this was neither "right" nor "wrong" -- without God -- but only what happened and what worked at the time). So, what is corruption? Be all this as it is -- according to the principles upon which this country was built (divinely given or arbitrarily fabricated), the quote is accurate. However, as Waffler said, our stipulation to "corruption" is not monopolized by our government alone.

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    RBESRQ    12/3/08

    Yes, it could be said of any central government - Logan, please forgive me, can you wrap what you just said into one sentence? Hitler was a stupid painter from Vienna - cream rises to the top but it kills you. No, Anon, its because of our ignorance and greed, what is the fear you refer too?

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      Anonymous    12/3/08

      Our 20th president, James A. Garfield was shot shortly after he said: "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country (or world) is absolute master of all commerce and industry." Private bankers spuriously known as the "Federal Reserve" say they control the volume of money, page 3, Modern Money Mechanics where they admit that they operate a confidence game and that the history of banking is a history of fraud.. It matters none what they admit if less than one per cent read it and the few who recite it are ridiculed. The ideal means of controlling the volume of money is to use money that exists only in the mind and then control minds to control the volume of money. Those same bankers say their system "works only with credit" that would keep its value "if there were fewer people bidding against each other."---booklet, Keeping Our Money healthy. Library of Congress catalog number 60-14368 revised Jan.1979

      Logan, Memphis, TN

      How you rate this quote should depend on how you define corruption, and you cannot define corruption unless you define other terms and conditions; once you define your terms you are left with two sources for thought -- divine inspiration given through reason, or arbitrary/accidental thought. If thought is itself accidental, then there really is no absolute corruption because it is an arbitrarily reasoned idea.

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        Anon    12/4/08

        RBESRQ. The fear perpetuated by those who enjoy our ignorance and greed and so through fear of an economic collapse we were told we had no choice but to take "extraordinary" measures for "extraordinary" circumstances. If that isn't instilling fear in someone I don't know what is. All this "collapse" BS was just that. The purpose of it was to further centralize power. And it worked.

        Ryan Elder, Lubbock

        Great quote. No one can deny the truth of it.

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          RBESRQ    12/4/08

          Thanks Logan and Anon


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