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Partisan, beholden to interests - who could survive politics with integrity?

Integrity is a relative term (none of my relatives have any <g>). Some believe that any compromise decreases integrity. But politics is nothing if not compromise, right?

I remember people like Humphrey, Macarthy (sp?), and still amongst the living, Carter. These people were successful politicians, while maintaining their scruples, sometimes to the detriment of their careers.

Of course, success is also a relative term, and some might argue that the failure to win the Presidency diminished their accomplishments. In Carter's case, he won the Presidency, but his term is widely regarded as a failure of achievement.

In a narrow sense, perhaps it was. Often in international relations, bravado wins the day while the humble are made humbler. But who could argue that Carter's example of selflessness, piety, and personal devotion to bettering the human condition are the qualities we claim to be looking for in the people we elect?

Maybe we are getting exactly what we really want in our politicians.

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