There can be perhaps no more stark example than Charles Rangel (DEMOCRAT – NY) of what is wrong with large government excess perpetrated by bureaucrats who are allowed to spend far too much time in “public service.” After 2½ years of investigations the House Ethics Committee found Charles Rangel (DEMOCRAT – NY) guilty of 11 of 16 charges against him. The charges included:
- Personally sought donations from registered lobbyists whose corporations had business before Congress. In some cases, Mr. Rangel asked for contributions of as much as $30 million from businesses with issues before the Ways and Means Committee, of which he was the chairman until March,
This is the first in the new series – Framing the Dictionary.
Hubris is defined in Answers.com as:
“Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance”
As you scroll further on the web page they offer this second definition:
Hubris [hew – bris] or hybris, the Greek word for ‘insolence’ or ‘affront’, applied to the arrogance or pride of the protagonist in a tragedy in which he or she defies moral laws or the prohibitions of the gods. The protagonist’s transgression leads eventually to his or her downfall, which may be understood as divine retribution or nemesis. Hubris is commonly translated as ‘overweening (i.e. excessively presumptuous) pride’. In proverbial terms, hubris is thus the pride that comes before a fall.