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  •  I think it's more widespread (4+ / 0-)
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    Dumbo, geomoo, WisePiper, CroneWit

    There seems to be a worldwide breakdown in a sense by the ruling class that they have some obligations to the rest of humanity, geomoo. It's not as if China and Russia are paragons.

    And, as always, there's a balance. There has always been corruption among US leaders. Nixon never did quite explain the vicuna coat (and other gifts) in his Checkers speech.  But corruption by some was balanced by some really excellent people.

    What shocks me is not so much that the United States has tortured, murdered, and invaded other countries. What shocks me is that no member of Congress has been willing to go to jail or even go on a hunger strike--not even a limited fast!-- to protest these things.  

    But I have no illusions. There are few heroes among the wealthy and powerful anywhere right now.

    •  I can blow off a little bit of corruption. (1+ / 0-)
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      CroneWit

      Like the Virginia governor and his kids stealing Hot Pockets to take back to school.  Who gives a shit.  Hot Pockets.  The other stuff was much more egregious but the case wasn't helped when they included Hot Pockets in the story.  It's like bitching about people wasting pencils.

      There's always going to be at least a little bit of corruption.  It's like arthritis, one of those diseases you learn to live with by managing the pain.  Not acceptable.

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