Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who last year spent 10 months in federal prison for accepting lavish gifts from contractors who did business with his state, spoke today at a luncheon here in Raleigh sponsored by the John Locke Foundation (my employer). His speech, titled “The Arrogance of Power,” was a timely one, as our state legislature is under fire for ethical lapses, chiefly related to the passage of a state lottery last year. In fact, a former lottery commissioner is currently on trial for his failure to disclose his financial ties to Scientific Games, a vendor that planned to compete for the contract to run North Carolina’s lottery. Our governor, Mike Easley, testified today in that trial.
Rowland said the longer politicians stay in power, the more likely they are to develop an entitlement mentality, and they usually are surrounded by enablers (staff, friends and family) who typically won’t hold them accountable because they develop the same mentality. While in prison he said he grounded himself in his Christian faith, and provided a convincing testimony of God’s grace in his life.
C-SPAN taped the whole thing, so when it is scheduled I will post it…meanwhile, you can view a clip at our Web site.
Update 8/4 8:10 a.m.: Full-length audio of Rowland’s speech is now up.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online