It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. David Brin
In case you wonder if Florida needs teeth in its ethics codes, and better vetting of our elected (but, then again, if you live in Florida, you don't wonder, you know!) check out the reaction of Sansom's fellow lawmakers!!!!
Editorial: Legal but despicable
Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 5:20 p.m.
Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom used his influence to steer tens of millions of dollars to a Panhandle community college that later gave him a $110,000 a year job. He got the college $6 million to build an airplane hanger it didn't need but could lease to a developer buddy of Sansom.
A grand jury was so outraged over Sansom's dealings that it indicted him for official misconduct. Some of Sansom's fellow lawmakers were outraged by the indictment because, they said, that's just the way things are done in the Legislature.
Apparently they were right.
Read the rest of the article: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20091011/OPINION01/910111000/1076/OPINION?Title=Editorial-Legal-but-despicable
With this level of corruption ("that's just the way things are done") we need more than Florida Hometown Democracy's Amendment 4, but A4 is a start!
For centuries people have recognized the effect on people of having power over others:
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed. Publius Syrus
It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger test of a man's real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice. Plutarch
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
The real test of character is how you treat someone who has no possibility of doing you any good. George Orwell