- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

To watch and listen to our elected government officials these days, one would think they were the second coming of Christ, or at the very least a reinvigorated version of one of the ancient Greek titans. But like an anemic Basenji, most of these politicians are more bark than bite.

Once upon a time, I mistakenly believed that we selected our leaders on the basis of their abilities, their patriotism and their guts. In reality, however, more lies, bluster and nonsense go into the production of a politician. Lucky for them, big bucks, friends in the right places and the gift of gab more than make up for any weakness in character and spine.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, these wannabe Neros have a captive media fronting for them, and that, coupled with a multitude of weak minds at the polls, means we will again be ripe in 2012 to prove that one can indeed “fool all of the people all of the time.”

H. RICK TAVARES

Campo, Calif.

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