Dev: but because eventually something like this will happen that will force them to pay attention -- and then the fact that you took a stand becomes very important, in retrospect.
Yep. Truth eventually comes to light and all that's been hidden becomes evident in all its ugliness.
Frankly, I'm so disgusted with politicians across-the-board in this country that I'm tempted to vote against any incumbent. Of course, that only means that a new crop will come in and be quickly corrupted, if they aren't already corrupt to begin with.
We need campaign finance reform--real campaign finance reform. We need to take advertising out of political discourse and have candidates engage in many genuine public debates. And we (the people) need to pay attention. I'm liable to slap the next person who is shameless enough to say "politics is so borin'" Yes, politics can be awfully boring when you're trying to teach yourself enough economics and world affairs to follow the conversation, but if we're content to vote for the best liars, we have representatives who don't really give a damn about public safety and general welfare, not if it pays more for them to shift allocations to their corporate sponsors and vote-producing special interest groups....
Lieberman can kiss my butt. In fact, a long, bipartisan line can form behind Lieberman.