George Bernard Shaw said, “this above all else is the world’s worst treason, to do the right thing for the wrong reason.”
And after reading an article by Jonathan Rauch titled “How American politics went insane,” I have concluded that for years I have been doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
Over 40 years ago, when Republican John Gardner, who had been in JFK’s cabinet, started Common Cause to try to keep out dirty money in Washington politics, I joined the “noble” cause.
But Rauch purports in an Atlantic Magazine article that our efforts to clean up politics with things like term limits, campaign money reform, and sunset legislation have resulted in unintended consequences.
He puts a positive spin on party machines, smoked filled rooms and pork barrel politics and suggests taking money from the political parties results in their loss of power over candidates like Donald Trump who he calls a “political sociopath.” And that loss of power he suggests also has resulted in gridlock in Congress. And he makes many other cogent observations worth reading.
Rauch has made me see that my past good intentions have not always had the positive results hoped for.
Ray Hollmann. Fairview Heights