Corruption still exists in America

When English historian Lord Acton spoke of absolute power corrupting absolutely, he surely had politicians in mind. For instance, just as the Republicans have Duke Cunningham and Mark Foley , the Democrats have Elliot Spitzer and Rod Blagojevich . The latter is the Illinois governor arrested recently on FBI wiretap-backed charges of putting ObamaâÄôs soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat literally up on the auction block. Is the man stupid? Of course not. He merely suffers from the same greed and blindness all politicians in safe constituencies like Chicago, who donâÄôt think theyâÄôre accountable for anything to anyone, suffer from. Is this the kind of âÄúchange we can believe inâÄù Obama Nation promised us? Spitzer is out in New York, Blagojevich is on his way out in Springfield and Obama himself still has Tony RezkoâÄôs stench all over his campaign war-chest. Meanwhile, Senate majority leader Harry Reid is fumbling around, trying to explain the windfall profits of a shady Nevada land deal forcing him to âÄúamendâÄù his financial disclosure, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is paying mere lip-service to an âÄúethics investigationâÄù into RangelâÄôs fundraising for a center named for him at City College in New York. Let Democrats, in general âÄîand the people of Illinois, in particular âÄî ask themselves a question after all those years kissing the rings of the Mayor DaleyâÄôs Machine: Does Tammany Hall ring a bell? Mark Overholser Woodbury