When I was in school there was always some kid who had everything, and that kid was always a shit to all the other kids, likely to bully someone or treat them like a second class citizen just for existing in their air space as for being different in any way, and then smiling pretty if getting caught, apologizing with their fingers crossed behind their backs. The teachers always bought it. And now those same phony kids are out there practicing the art of manipulation on a grand scale way beyond anything we saw them do in childhood. But some of us are not just older. Some of us have actually and actively grown in our caring for others. Some of us meant what we said way back when and still do. Some of us have survived the daily grinding of our bones and are still in motion, still growing as human beings. Some of us are the same people just with fuller minds and clearer hearts. I have nothing against money. Believe me I like money. It’s fun to have it. It makes things a lot easier to deal with, that’s for sure, but it isn’t why we are here. It’s just a nice by product, or it can be, of our work and play together. It shouldn’t be used as a nasty weapon against the penniless or be the price of admission into the human race. What is your compassion worth to you? Who comes before us with mercy, and who comes before us with revenge on his mind? Who pranks out of a good sense of humor, and who pranks out of an entitled sense of cruelty? You decide. Who are the jerks? And who are the heroes. Who are our friends?
I guess my main point here is that we need to not trust somebody with our political lives just because they have the money to run for that office. There’s got to be more to it than that. It's only fair that we have an open and transparent debate about things in the public interest. They are after all getting a very special job that will probably set them up for the good life. We are selling them our trust. So shouldn’t we at the very least be concerned with who they are on the most mundane level of their existence? They are going to get some of our cash and they are going to pocket some of it and they are going to do things with some of it. We need to find out what those specific things might be if at all possible and vote on it honestly, looking them straight in the eyes together.