Lord Acton was right, unfortunately. But there is more to his quote:
'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men'.
Melville speaks a bit more descriptively on the matter. From page 246 of my copy of Moby Dick:
"Now, as you well know, it is not seldom the case in this conventional world of ours - watery or otherwise; that when a person placed in command over his fellow-men finds one of them to be very significantly his superior in general pride of manhood, straightway against that man he conceives an unconquerable dislike and bitterness; and if he have a chance he will pull down and pulverize that subaltern's tower, and make a little heap of dust of it."
I am wondering if there are republicans (the democrats being obvious) out there that have been pulverized by W, Rove and Co and left in their wake as they elevated themselves to the throne of our current Theocracy. If so, who might they be and what would we learn from their stories?