WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 – For the third time in a year, a liberal California Democratic legislator has been arrested on corruption charges. Senator Leland Yee was arrested and charged with bribery and corruption. In early 2014, Senator Rod Wright was convicted on multiple charges. Wright represented Inglewood, an offshoot of Los Angeles.
One month ago, Senator Ron Calderon was arrested on several bribery and corruption charges. Calderon is also a Los Angeles politician.
Now in the latest rivalry between the two cities, San Francisco has decided to challenge Los Angeles. Senator Leland Yee represents the wealthy enclaves of San Francisco and San Mateo.
While corruption knows no ideology, it is more than a coincidence that liberal Democrats in very progressive areas are the ones who keep getting accused of breaking the law. In California, Democrats control everything. The Democratic Party’s veto-proof majority gives them absolute power.
Lord Acton’s maxim about absolute power corrupting absolutely has rung true again.
Los Angeles and San Francisco are liberal cities, with San Francisco being a haven for hard-left policies. When no one is able or willing to challenge the dominant ideology, corruption is bound to set in as it does in third world dictatorships.
States where Republicans control everything tend to see fewer Democrats getting into trouble.
Another reason liberals keep getting arrested in California is that the Democratic Party has become the party of entitlement; California epitomizes that entitlement mentality. When people believe they are entitled to things, greed sets in.
California is where liberal Democrat Sandra Fluke is running for a Los Angeles Senate seat so she and her fellow feminists can receive the free birth control they are entitled to. California is where liberal Democrat San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was forced out after a lifetime of sexually abusing women — the epitome of a man with an entitlement mentality.
While Fluke has not broken any laws, her behavior is similar to Filner’s. Other people have stuff they want, so they think it is just acceptable to take it.
When people believe that their right to have stuff trumps the law, laws will be broken. Wright, Calderon and Yee were just behaving the way many other people representing their ideology continue to behave.
While some may see it unfair to blame President Obama and his various scandals, his administration’s behavior does relate to these arrests. He has created an entitlement culture where people receive free cell phones and use food stamps to buy luxury items. He keeps promising to weed out waste, fraud and abuse, but the entitlement culture grows and more people try to cheat the system.
Wright, Calderon and Yee crossed the line, but that only shows how low they had to go. So many people are crossing the line and the line keeps moving, yet for these liberal legislators, even that was not enough to keep them just this side of legal.
The conservative message is that people have the right to pursue happiness but are not entitled to receive anything. Everything has to be earned.
With so many people struggling, it is obscene that California legislators with 6-figure salaries cannot stop taking even more. These legislators produce nothing, yet still keep taking. The only thing at this point separating them from Occupy protesters is that the legislators are better dressed. Raising taxes to confiscatory levels was not enough for the left. Now accepting cash bribes is the California Democratic way.
This is the Frankenstein’s Monster of liberalism and progressive policies. Disagreeing with a law is justification for breaking it. Being aggrieved is justification for stealing. A subjective lack of fairness is an excuse to force equality by stealing from those who supposedly do not need what they have anyway.
It is liberals who are constantly railing against one per centers and ill-gotten gains. They should know. In liberal havens like Los Angeles and San Francisco, it is liberals taking what does not belong to them.
Three California liberal Democrats have been caught. One can only wonder how many more of them have gotten away with it. After all, they are liberals. They are entitled.