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Corruption Destroys Those Who Practice It: the Clinton-Weiner Story

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While corruption destroys many good things, it always eventually catches up with the perpetrators.

We all know that corruption destroys many good things for the benefit of the corruptocrats. But this election is showing us that, sooner or later, those who practice corruption and expect to benefit from it eventually destroy themselves.

After all conservatives have tried to do to bring the Clinton machine to some kind of accountability, it looks like Anthony Weiner made a decisive difference. The corrupt perv, who was groomed for power by the Clintons, not only derailed himself by his vices, but he may have brought down or set back the Clinton crime family.

Corruption destroys those who seek to gain by it.

Weiner seemed like he would be completely useless to anyone. But that wasn’t true. He served a role similar to the role of Gollum in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Corrupted by the vices that characterized the Clinton crime family, he ends up being the means of damaging the Clintons.

Gollum, remember, ended up trying to steal the evil ring back from Frodo. This was for the good, because, Frodo had succumbed to the evil power of the ring and was no longer willing to destroy it. Gollum attacks Frodo, steals the ring, and dances for joy. He is so exuberant that he trips into the fires from which the ring was forged, destroying it.

Thus, he has a pivotal role in the victory of good over evil.

It is no coincidence that Tolkien was a Christian. The Bible says a great deal about how the wicked bring the wicked down.

Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. (Psalm 7:14-16 ESV)

The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. (Psalm 9:15 ESV)

They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves… (Psalm 57:6 ESV)

Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. (Proverbs 26:27 ESV)

Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance. (Proverbs 28:10 ESV)

He who digs a pit will fall into it… (Ecclesiastes 10:8a ESV)

Someone might think that the fact that God allows a degenerate like Anthony Weiner to live is evidence that God is not real. Why would God tolerate Weiner?

Part of the answer is God’s mercy. Weiner is not irredeemable. He still has time.

But we also have the mother of all poetic justice going on here. Anthony Weiner is, in fact, evidence that God exists—specifically that God who is spoken of in the Psalms of the Bible.

The way we see in the news that corruption destroys the corrupt has an almost fiction-like quality. We don’t expect to see something so obvious in real life.

But it happened.

Thus, we have Donald Trump thanking Huma Abedin and praising Weiner!

People think they can get away with deviousness and dishonesty. And they do for a time. God delays judgment to give us time to repent. But eventually, especially after success in crime has made you arrogant, and there is so much corruption that you have lost track of all the lies, judgment falls.

The corrupt destroy themselves.

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand… An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. (Proverbs 12:7, 13 ESV)

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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