When in worry, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout … about … Corruption!

Screaming and shouting while running in circles just doesn’t “cut” it.  There has to be more. 

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Disrupting Corruption Through Confrontation & …

Innovation

The following video reports that 22+ political entities have begun the innovation process by adopting new anti-corruption laws.

No matter how brazenly and stridently we confront and disrupt, it’s all in vain unless effective innovations follow soon thereafter. Running in circles while screaming and shouting gives rise to but more and more of the same without addressing …

The Problem

UTAH GETS A “D-” GRADE OVERALL IN 2015 STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION

    1. “F” Political Financing
    2. “F” Executive Accountability
    3. “D+” Legislative Accountability
    4. “F” Judicial Accountability
    5. “F” State Civil Service Management
    6. “F” Lobbying Disclosure
    7. “F” Ethics Enforcement Agencies
    8. “F” State Pension Fund Management

And REMEMBER….”POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!

A Timeline of the “Tip of the Iceberg.” The epoch in Utah from 2005 to the present is the most scandal ridden, shameful, and corrupt in our history.

A definition of the “Goodfellas” who are driving the foregoing “Problem.”

Goodfellas are …

… much like The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight” … They are stumbling, bumbling, wannabe’ pretenders … little oligarchs … an unimpeded power elite enjoying a bottomless cornucopia of unprotected spoils … an aberrant, arrogant progeny of a fractured political system.  They are conceived, nurtured and operate far removed from the original intent of the framers and founders of this Nation. They have subverted the “Rule of Law” and ravaged Benjamin Franklin’s vision and proposition that we could enjoy a … republic if we could [sic] keep it.  The Goodfellas have infiltrated, permeated and presumed the right to manipulate every aspect of business, military, industry, finance, education , entertainment, law and religion in Utah.  And … as a result of their control over financing our election processes and our own history of slavish submission … we are relegated to choosing between the horrible and the despicable at the ballot box.  Finally, were it not for political interference, influence, compromise, and corruption … Utah and Federal Investigators , Prosecutors and Judges would/could have more effectively and efficiently pursued the investigations, prosecutions and convictions of these, our very own, home grown, Utah, Goodfellas.  “We have met the enemy and they are us!” Walt Kelly & Pogo

The First Step to a “Fix” is the following Innovation in Embryo or

 The American Anti-Corruption Act (AACA) …

… sometimes shortened to Anti-Corruption Act, is a piece of model legislation designed to limit the influence of money in American politics by overhauling lobbying, transparency, and campaign finance laws. It was crafted in 2011 “by former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter in consultation with dozens of strategists, democracy reform leaders and constitutional attorneys from across the political spectrum,”[1] and is supported by reform organizations such as Represent.Us, which advocate for the passage of local, state, and federal laws modeled after the AACA.[2] It is designed to limit or outlaw practices perceived to be major contributors to political corruption.[3]

Its provisions  … [3][4]

    • Stop political bribery by overhauling lobbying and ethics laws
    • End secret money by dramatically increasing transparency
    • Give every voter a voice by creating citizen-funded elections
    • Make it illegal for politicians to take money from lobbyists
    • Close the revolving door
    • Prevent politicians from fundraising during working hours
    • Immediately disclose political money online
    • Stop donors from hiding behind secret-money groups
    • End gerrymandering
    • Let all voters participate in open primaries
    • Let voters rank their top candidates, avoid “spoilers”
    • Ensure Automatic voter registration
    • Allow the choice to Vote at home or at the polls
    • Change how elections are funded
    • Crack down on super PACs
    • Eliminate lobbyist loopholes
    • Strengthen anti-corruption enforcement

The Act

zAACA-Revised-Full-Provisions-List

From “Transparency International,” The Definition of Corruption is

… generally speaking … “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. Corruption can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

Grand corruption consists of acts committed at a high level of government that distort policies or the central functioning of the state, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good. Petty corruption refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low- and mid-level public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens, who often are trying to access basic goods or services in places like hospitals, schools, police departments and other agencies.

Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth. See animated definitions of many corruption terms in our Anti-corruption Glossary.

WHAT IS TRANSPARENCY?
Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions. It is knowing why, how, what, and how much. Transparency ensures that public officials, civil servants, managers, board members and businesspeople act visibly and understandably, and report on their activities. And it means that the general public can hold them to account. It is the surest way of guarding against corruption, and helps increase trust in the people and institutions on which our futures depend. See how transparency can defeat corruption in a range of areas.

Laws Used to Combat Corruption

zLaws Used to Prosecute State and Local Corruption

“It is no measure of
health
to be well-adjusted to
a profoundly sick
society.”

Critical to innovation, we believe that Anti Corruption Legislation without corresponding Term Limit reform is a toothless dog attempting vainly to bite off more than it can chew.

And REMEMBER….”POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS SHOULD BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!

Critical to innovation,  we believe that there are solid arguments for “shaming” as a realistic “adjunct” to the foregoing.  

Finally as to the 4th Estate, the rule of law and good governance will never improve and reform without re-engaging Utah’s media as effective watchdogs over all.

The Plan  

Granted, Disruptive Innovation as conceived by Professor Christensen, is designed primarily as a business and commerce tool.  However, we see in it an application suited to effect change in the political and justice arenas.

In future postings, we will set out to merge more clearly and definitively the “Disruptive Innovation” model with our own thoughts about the Anti-corruption Movement. 

In concept and in embryo, we have “in hand” an “Enabling Technology,” we have “in mind” an “Innovative Business Model” and we already have an existing and anxious “Coherent Value Network.”  More for later ….

“Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, but …”

It Couldn’t Be Done
BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Always …

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