Let me start by saying I do not mean to imply the PA or national GOP is outright corrupt.
But I think most people look at the prevailing opinions of political leaders and the voters and detect a divergence, especially on matters of political representation, fiscal responsibility, and illegal immigration.
Please note that these issues are bipartisan. This has nothing to do with the boring fights between democrats and republicans. Regular voters from bothparties see pretty much eye to eye on these issues: Let my opinion matter, spend my money responsibly on programs with broad local support, and do something about illegal immigrants depressing working class wages and balkanizing our neighborhoods.
To that bulk of regular voters, this quotation resonates [ht Rod Dreher at Crunchy Con, although he was commenting on something entirely different]:
“If we examine any trust-invested agency at any given point in its history, whether that agency be a police force, a military unit, or a religious community, we might find that, say, out of every hundred men, five are scoundrels, five are heroes, and the rest are neither one nor the other: ordinarily upright men who live with a mixture of moral timidity and moral courage. When the institution is healthy, the gutsier few set the overall tone, and the less courageous but tractable majority works along with these men to minimize misbehavior; more importantly, the healthy institution is able to identify its own rotten apples and remove them before the institution itself is enfeebled. However, when an institution becomes corrupt, its guiding spirit mysteriously shifts away from the morally intrepid few, and with that shift the institution becomes more interested in protecting itself against outside critics than in tackling the problem members that subvert its mission. For example, when we say a certain police force is corrupt, we don’t usually mean that every policeman is on the take—perhaps only five out of a hundred actually accept bribes—rather we mean that this police force can no longer diagnose and cure its own problems, and consequently, if reform is to take place, an outside agency has to be brought in to make the changes.”
From The Faithful Departed, by Phil Lawler. Book about the Catholic Church sex/pederasty scandal.
Well, I’m no hero. I am one of those “[O]rdinarily upright men who live with a mixture of moral timidity and moral courage.” But I’d like to think I can do a pretty good job of following one of those heros, or at least be footsoldier of reform.
That’s part of what this blog is about. That and my insufferable desire to hear myself talk!