Just the other day I was listening to a friend of mine opining about the need for honest politicians and this brought to mind the story about Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher. It seems Diogenes was walking around town in the middle of the day and shone a light into the face of everyone he passed. Finally, someone asked, “Diogenes, what are you looking for?” and Diogenes replied, “I am looking for an honest man.” This ancient philosopher seemed to be implying there is no such thing as a completely honest man and I tend to agree. Now don’t get me wrong for I am as honest as the next person and more honest than most but I am not running for reelection to anything. If I were I might have to delay the aforementioned statement until I was out of office or at least out of the running for one.
I believe I know the answer as to having honest politicians and that is to elect them for life. If we did that they would not have to worry about reelection and therefore could always do what was in the best interest of the country rather than what was in the best interest of their reelection. I think we ought to give it a try. What have we got to lose now that, according to the media, George Bush has already lost the country?
Now don’t get riled up. I don’t really blame Bush for everything, but it seems the popular thing to do these days. Why, according to nine tenths of the media, every problem we have from Ben Ghazi to Bangladesh to an ingrown toenail can be laid at his doorstep.
Look at poor Jesse Jackson Jr. (aka 3J). He got himself elected to Congress and then had to resign saying he had mental problems due to stress. “What stress?” you may ask. Well, it seems 3J has been indicted in federal court for conspiracy to spend nearly a million dollars of campaign funds on personal items, and anyone with a brain knows a federal indictment must bring along with it a certain modicum of stress. Now, with outright thievery an accepted way of life with congress, it is a mystery to me how this loophole in the law, the one about not being able to spend campaign funds on oneself, has been overlooked and left on the books for so long. I intend to write my Congressman and demand this law be done away with immediately lest he and the rest of Congress (3J’s unindicted co-conspirators) be found out and placed under duress themself.
Anyway, when finally cornered by a media person and asked about his case, 3J simply replied, “It’s George Bush’s fault!” The media person immediately retorted “That’s good enough for me.”, and the interview promptly ended.
On a lighter note, I just heard on the news of a meteor exploding with the force of thirty atom bombs 15 miles above some town in Russia and, even from that distance, doing great damage to the town. All I could think of was Washington DC., and say to myself, “What a heck of a waste of a perfectly good meteor.”