our choices.” was part of a lengthy discussion the couple next to me on the train down here this morning was having.
The discussion lasted most of the ride in, except for when we bended into Union Station and the whole train got quiet as people looked out the windows and saw the lake effect snow that was blowing sideways, but I digress.
I wasn’t raised in a very politically minded family. That isn’t to say that on rare occasion's politics/politicians weren’t vehemently discussed around the kitchen table by my father and his father, beers in hand, fists pounding, voices raised talking about that Son-of-a-Bitch that did such-and-such,the corruption and let us not forget the communists.
I did mention corruption, right?
Is it possible to be in a political office and not be corrupted on some level?
(Sorry, I will leave the immigration issue for a later blog.)
In my circle of family and friends, I have asked countless times for help in finding a car for one of my kids; a connection for employment; leads for photography jobs, colleges, etc. The list goes on and on.
I will always help out family/friends in need and vice-versa.
So when your circle of friends becomes people of power, influence and wealth – where/how do you draw the line?
Do you put a monetary value on every “favor”?
Do you only except favors valued under $100; $1,000; $10,000?
I know that if I were to run for a political office on a platform of morality and the “back to the basics” of faith, family, finances and friends that I believe so strongly in - I would be very hard-pressed to not fall into the black abyss of corruption.
“Oh, no thank you, I could not possibly accept this case of Entenmanns’ chocolate donuts on behalf of your company.”
“Thanks, but no thanks, I must decline your offer of introducing my photographer son to the editor of Life magazine.”
“A new car – no, no, please - my 2000 VW Golf with the masking tape on the broken window and 100,000+ miles on it is just fine.”
"Well…maybe one box of donuts – they are our favorites."
"Just an introduction - there wouldn't be any harm in that."
"My car really isn’t running that great and when the window falls into the door again and it is freezing cold out..
and I do have my image to maintain."