by oldedude on June 26, 2023 7:10 am
I think people accept "corruption" up to a certain point. If it works FOR them, they'll ignore it. If it doesn't, they won't.
I grew up in a mob town. The elder of "the" family growing up ran his numbers, etcetcetc... It was an accepted way of life. The flip side though was that he also took care of the area. I've told the story before of the elder going to WY because the coke ore miners were on strike (coke ore is one of the basic elements to make steel). This elder walked in on the union negotiations. There was an agreement within the hour, the union had voted (to go back to work) by the end of the day, and the first load of coke ore went to my town within three days.
Then he grandson took over and the city is now in chaos. This is the difference. Most people accept that politicians are on the take from all sorts of "benefactors." If they work for the people, everything's fine. If they don't, there's opposition to them.
by Indy! on June 26, 2023 9:41 am
The problem is it's no longer working for the People.