Letter: We need a leader, not a paragon of virtue
Posted on Jan 29, 2014 - 01:06 PM Printer Friendly View
Are there any honest politicians anymore; or better yet, were they ever? The human animal, contrary to some opinion, is flawed … some more than others. In the political arena, the images of honesty and morality are selling points and among the most focused on for negative ads.
We envision our guy or gal the pinnacle of virtue, the cream of the crop, and the others all crooks. But in our hearts we know better. The “D” or the “R” just seem to cloud our minds. At the end of the day, does it matter? Maybe not.
Al Capone, public enemy number one, was loved by many in Chicago because he gave so much to the orphans, illustrating the adage: “Yea, he’s a crook. But he’s my crook.”
Our own past governor left under scandal that killed his future aspirations, even though many (not me) give him high marks as governor. Governor Christie in New Jersey (like a lot) is only seeing the beginning of his scrutiny as he dreams of the White House.
Both men by all counts were highly effective and well-liked by their peers, doing what they were sent to do by the voters. I, for one, want such a leader; not a perfect human without warts. Don’t get me wrong; if they break a law, they should be punished. But the appearance of wrongdoing, the driving force of most negative campaigns and daily fodder for news these days, should stop. We take people who care enough about our country to publicly stand for something and press them through partisan machines, making them either corrupt or extinct. Hold the parties to blame. Without parties, we would get the cream, not the sour cream.