If the writer is so naive as to believe that the politicians in Washington in 1860 were less likely to be for sale I suggest he look into the Pacific Railroad Acts of 1862 and 1864. Every politician in D.C. was for sale, then, before and since.
It is very dangerous for voters to accept politicians with causes. They do the most damage to liberty and prosperity.
Lincoln had a cause - force the South back into the Union which led to Lincoln maneuvering the South to fire on Fort Sumter giving him an excuse to have 750,000 soldiers and civilians murdered.
Teddy Roosevelt had a cause - an American empire which began with the murder of 250,000 Filipinos and gave us the beginnings of the military-industrial-banking-complex.
Wilson had a cause -- the League of Nations which cost 100,000 lives in WWI. A war which he thought would create a demand with the American people for a world government.
FDR had a cause -- the New Deal which ultimately led to FDR manipulating the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor giving us WWII.
LBJ had a cause -- the Great Society which led to Obamacare. He also wanted to be the president who stopped Communism in Asia which led to the manufacture of the Tonkin gulf incident and 58,000 dead Americans.
Be careful in wishing for politicians with a cause, you might get what you wish for with unintended consequences.
You don't have to do anything for your country except to be a self sustaining productive citizen who isn't looking for a handout.
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