It’s not easy for politicians to be honest, especially when they’re hiding something.

Apparently, there’s a lot to cover up — from Bill Clinton’s cigar to Mark Sanford’s “Appalachian Trail” to Larry Craig’s “wide stance” to Barney Frank’s male prostitute to Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution ring to John Edwards’s videographer, to Anthony Weiner’s… um… inadvertent Tweet.

Could moral failings like these be responsible, at least in part, for the lack of a legal challenge from the legislative branch?

Ben Carson thinks so.  Here’s his reasoning.  If the so-called Affordable Care Act were a civilian contract, someone would be sued.  That’s what happens if one party is found to have knowingly made false promises to close the deal.  By the same terms, Obamacare qualifies as a “massive case of fraud… a bill that never would have been passed if it had been revealed that millions of people would lose the health insurance with which they were satisfied and that they might not be able to keep their doctors” as promised.

Why, then, hasn’t the legislative branch legally challenged it?  Could it be that some lack the courage to speak out freely because they’re afraid of political repercussions or revelation of a past mistake?  Carlson believes blackmail might be playing into this:

“Chicago-style politics” … is nothing more than a euphemism for political corruption, including bullying, blackmail, and bribery.  …In an age when Big Brother is capable of watching everything we do, it is not hard to imagine a scenario in which large numbers of public servants are silenced or subdued by secretive threats.

In other words, it’s conceivable that some politicians might have done things that they’re afraid of seeing the light of day. After all, the list of politicians who have been publically shamed because of their private behavior is long indeed.


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