Why should we be surprised in scandal?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007

No matter where one lives, it should never amaze us. Politicians seem to be under the impression they are better, faster and just more intelligent than the rest of us. Why?

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As far as I can tell, and regardless of the side of the aisle they sit on, the corruption and stupidity that lays below the surface will eventually come bubbling up. Instead of asking ourselves how did this happen, we should just steel ourselves to the inevitable reality of corruption.

Apparently, our rights and their obligations as lawmakers just do not seem to matter. Never mind the defense they will eventually use: "I thought it was OK," or "I did not do anything wrong, ask my (fill in the blank: lawyer, priest, wife, accountant)." It's all the same in the end.

Hopefully the judge will not buy into the idea they are reformed when using the old stand-in-front-of-the-bench, hand-over-heart pose (which works amazingly well when followed or proceeded by the statement "for the children") and swear they will never stray again.

Please, try treating me like the reasonable, prudent person I am and not some idiot just waiting to be fleeced or lied to. I will pass this poor piece of country wisdom onto all the political hacks out there, even though you are so much wiser than I: "An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind."

Ron Schramm

Juneau



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