…And why it never changes.
I spent Thanksgiving and Black Friday reading and listening to a cache of vinyl (heavy on Chet Atkins) which was given to me a couple of years ago and I hadn’t had time to absorb.
My reading yielded this:
“When corruption reaches the highest precincts of government, the protection mechanisms for the people who inhabit those precincts are so powerful that they are almost impenetrable…What we saw in Watergate and what we saw in Iran-contra and what we saw in October Surprise–we saw those defense mechanisms used to discredit honest politicians and honest journalists.”
(Former House of Representatives investigative attorney Spencer Oliver, whose phone was the one the Watergate spies were trying to tap when hey were caught, quoted in Trick or Treason: The 1980 October Surprise Mystery, Robert Parry, 1993)
Then, for a break, I caught up with my on-line dailies and found this, which is a fifty-minute primer in how it works currently:
This makes me wish I had gone ahead and posted my take on the resignation of Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes last week. If I had, I could have touted my own insights and prescience. Anyway, this is what happened.
Republicans: If she resigns now, we won’t look into this too closely.
Democrats: She’s resigning.
To be honest, I previously capped corrupt votes (by Republican subtraction and Democrat addition) at around ten percent because, beyond that, you risk things getting out of hand.
I think things may have gotten out of hand.
Corruption works like that.
Boy, do I know how to have fun on the holidays!