Sunday letters: We need more honest leaders

December 8, 2013 

SC State House

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“Can’t anybody here play this game?”

That’s what New York Mets manager Casey Stengel said about his 1962 team that set a Major League record for ineptitude by losing 120 games. South Carolinians who follow state politics could well be asking the same question. The Nov. 27 edition of The State carried multiple stories about state legislators failing in their ethical responsibilities. Scandals among both Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, have been dogging all manner of Palmetto State politicos for far too long.

Can’t we find more people to serve in government who will just follow basic ethical constructs? Is it really all that hard?

Cynics reading this will say everybody does it, but the fact is everybody doesn’t do it. There are still many honorable, honest politicians in both parties. The only reason the dishonorable ones get away with it is because we let them get away with it.

As political philosophers in the past have said, in a democracy people get the kind of government they deserve.

Jeff Brockelsby

Columbia

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