reading

The Fatal Conceit of Politicians

Politicians are not necessarily “the best and the brightest.” For many, local backslapping and baby-kissing is easier than a real job. There is in addition, for many, the power and prestige of holding office.

Obviously not everyone who has ever held office fits this description, but the majority do. The point is that they are not great people who deserve to have schools, roads and buildings named after them. They are below average. Indeed, most are strange in the sense that they gravitate toward such careers.

Many do not start out as bad people and some don’t even end up that way. However most do, becoming worse as they climb the echelon of power. The following article captures either the character deficiency most bring to the job or that is acquired shortly after entering the corrupt world of politics. It is written on a local level, so that most of us have known these small-time pols. Many graduate to the big leagues and their arrogance only multiplies.

Here is Arthur E. Foulkes description of what he terms the “political disease:”

“It’s a sickness,” said a friend of mine who until recently was an elected official in our city. “It sets in after you’re elected the first time, or maybe even when you’re running for office.” That sickness is “thinking you’re smarter than everyone else.”

My friend made this statement after reading in our local paper that a newly elected  member of the city council had questioned Read More »The Fatal Conceit of Politicians