Saturday, December 31, 2005

Republican Corruption-2005

In 2006 a new story of Republican political corruption with the U.S. Family Network as a centerpiece emerges.
Now that there is so much documentation online, it may be difficult to remember that once libraries were a key platform for archiving and displaying documents from government corruption investigations past such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, or Abscam.
Today library archives and exhibits are part of the long memory that helps the public to understand the need for transparency and oversight of government.
Librarians' struggles against aspects of the USAPATRIOT Act are shown to be vital as the corruption of the Republican Speaker of the House, Tom DeLay, and the Republican Congressman so influential on the Appropriations and Intelligence committees that he could affect the awarding of Pentagon contracts--
Cunningham-- is eventually run to ground.
Sadly, it is part of the Republican agenda that those who question any aspect of their activities are called partisans in an attempt to undermine the patriotism of those who question the leadership of Republicans such as DeLay, Bush, or Cunningham. When Bush "pioneers" include the corrupt--
Ken Lay of Enron, or Brent Wilkes-- only those who have drunk the Kool-Aid can continue to believe that the Republican agenda encompasses what are considered conservative values. The only values that guide the corrupt Republican administration are to fill the vaults of donors from the pockets of every-day workers...and we have not yet begun to evaluate the full amount paid to Vice-President Cheney's former company, Halliburton, for Iraq.

With the unraveling of the connection of Republican Cunningham to Bush pioneer Defense contracts; and Republican DeLay's support for Bush's agenda while funneling money to Bush through Abramoff connections--we see that Librarians defending the public's Right to Know stands as one of librarianship's central tenets. Remember that Your Right to Know and access to government information are critical to a democratic society. In keeping with the mission of libraries, the American Library Association defends the public's right to know.
The Washington Post states: Abramoff's long-standing alliance with DeLay was sealed by a much more extensive web of financial ties than previously known.