Armstrong Williams

She went door to door in the tony neighborhood of Bayshore Boulevard, asking if anyone were selling their home. I am reminded of the Salahi family, who somehow snuck into the White House in 2009. The fact that people are even trying so hard to buddy up to “public servants” is a sign that we are no longer the republic that our Founders intended, or that classical liberalism would prescribe.

It is a bad sign of how centralized wealth and power has become in our country, that people become obsessed with the government, and try to get as close to it as possible. Our republic was designed precisely to avoid such systems of patronage, of clientelism, and yet, that is now all we do. Forget the fact that transfer payments are the largest part of the budget. Forget the fact that Washington, D.C. is now the wealthiest part of the country. This shows, clear as day, that, just like in the backwardness of Old Europe, the way to get ahead in America is to get to know the right people. People act this way because they believe it to be so.

We’ve heard a lot about the big, bad 1%. I think that we have a problem in this country of the dispersal of power, but not in the way that Occupy Wall Street thinks. We have too much power at the top, and the top is the political class.

The Salahis wound up on a reality show, Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. Monica Lewinsky went on to hawk diet pills. Maybe there’s a future for the Kelleys after all. Who says there are no second acts in American lives?

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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