Return of the Spitzer… say it ain’t so!

You could make a movie, and its sequels, about recent governors in New York State.  A disgraced Spitzer (Episode I) eventually gave us a disgraced Paterson (Episode II).  What will that lead to?  Are we due for an Episode III?  Could that possibly be the return of Spitzer to the political realm?  Nah.  Not possible.  Right?

Maybe not.  Spitzer announced his resignation two years ago today.  He left in disgrace. An embarrassment.  Certainly there was no way he could come back to politics.  Not so fast. He and his proponents have been working hard to rehabilitate his image.  Just check out this article from Time.com.  Made me queasy to read it.

My father had a phrase that he often used with me and my brothers.  “That’s the natural consequences of your actions,” he would say.  Usually in response to some rule that we had broken.  He would forgive us, but that did not mean that we could avoid the punishment. I almost hate to admit it, but I’ve already found myself using the same phrase with my two young sons.  I wish that politicians would learn that same lesson.  Their disgraceful, unethical, and illegal behavior should result in an end to their political careers. Permanently.  Natural consequences of their actions.

How do we make this happen?  In keeping with the Star Wars-esque movie titles, I see two options:  “Revenge of the Voters” or “Attack of the Ballot Box.”  It’s up to us, the Ordinary Citizens.  We must exercise our most powerful voice, our vote, to ensure that politicians like Spitzer never return to the government box office.

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