On Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 4:33 PM, Booth Martin wrote:
Do you really want a government made up of people that have never, ever
broken any law?
I sure don't.
Here's why this strikes my funny bone. Like 'elite', 'virtuous' has
now become a pejorative. Why? When did that happen? Why do we
accept that as reasonable?
I'm not sorry that I feel like I want my son to be elite and virtuous.
If he falls down, I'll help pick him up, dust him off and set him
back on the path again. More elite is better than less. More virtue
is better than less. In my black and white world, it's just that
If there even is any such person.
I don't think there is any one who is perfect, but I've never taken an
illegal drug, never driven after drinking and never solicited a
prostitute. I've bought them a cup of coffee on cold days when
getting gasoline at Stewart's and I've spent some time just walking on
the other side of the street, to discourage customers in my
neighbourhood. I don't think I have extraordinary virtue, and I find
it detestable that those making laws and judgments for _the good of
society_ aren't at least as law-abiding as I am.
No, there may not be such a person. I've been tired and driven over
the speed limit, but I regret that. I don't shrug it off by noting
that everyone does it, or that it's not a _real_ crime like murder.
That's the difference between them and me. I regret the times I've
broken the law _even when I haven't been caught_. These creeps
prosecute hookers at the same time they're trading bacteria with them
and they don't regret it one bit. Justifying their continuance in
office as a 'good of the State' matter.
No, there may not be such a person, but we should strive to make our
leaders more like that ideal person (look! another pejorative!) and
less like a common criminal. I'm very much in favour of prosecuting a
public official and mandating the maximum sentence on the first
conviction. It'll motivate them to reform the justice system, if
nothing else. As if.