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“There was no grand conspiracy. They know that. Just some misspent money," Ballance said.

While this ex-congressman has several charges filed against him involving his active scheme to milk taxpayers out of millions of dollars, his glib reply is that it was “just some misspent money.” This cynical American has to wonder at the profundity of such a comment. After all, it is only some misspent money, just a few million dollars that were applied to fancy cars and high living. The implications are that everyone is doing it. Of course, it isn’t any grand conspiracy; just a sort of feeding at the trough like all good pigs may be prone to do. This provides a prime example of the test of faith and fidelity I have mentioned before. If those who support and contribute to the system perceive that people like Ballance are more likely than not to prey upon their good nature, they become cynical and either operate outside of the system, or join the wolves. Naturally, when enough people withdraw their faith due to a lack of fidelity by the elect, a general collapse of the system will surely follow. Even one instance of corruption, or a case of helping oneself to all of that free money in all of the manifold ways this might be possible, is enough to put the faith of the taxpayer to the test. In this age of ours, however, it happens so frequently that perpetrators are inclined to say it is “just some misspent money.” These perpetrators seem to have reached a point where they can no longer distinguish the evil consequences of what they are doing.

Meanwhile, the recent behavior in New Orleans is a blatant example of just how quickly society can become an outdated convention. While the early reports may have been exaggerated somewhat, it is evident that the “normal” conventions of society were no longer in effect as the tide rose and the dead bodies remained in place for days. What became of the infrastructure that was already there, and what of the rumors of policemen looting? Of course, there were some reports that armed gangs prevented the police and hospitals from operating with any efficiency, leading one cynical American to conclude that it only takes a good-sized disaster to rock us right back to the stone ages, societally speaking.

How would one counter such an onslaught to all that we value and hold to be true, good, and wise? Again, it is up to each and every individual to represent the authority that they value and respect.

Here is hoping your day is a happy and cynical one!

"We sit here stranded though we're all doing our best to deny it." (Visions of Johanna) Bob Dylan

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