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Letter: Power corrupts…especially when nobody’s looking

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Unfortunately, the average American citizen troubles himself but little with his civic duties. The only interest exhibited may be a general displeasure at tax time and the overall perceived incompetence and inefficiency of elected officials. The average citizen rarely involves himself to form a government that would reflect his views.

This brings to mind a comment that Thomas Jefferson made to Congressman Edward Carrington:

"If once (the people) become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress assemblies, judges and governors, shall become wolves."

Thomas Jefferson, probably the most accomplished thinker of the Founders, through his introspection, knowledge and experience, prompted a reflection on the very nature of humanity, its strengths, weaknesses and man’s propensity to the will to power and corruption. Once again, Jefferson gives us a glimpse into his remarkable insight when he warned that:

"In questions o...

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