I stumbled across a quote from a 20th century religious leader named J. Golden Kimball. He was quite a character. Apparently well known for his flowery language left over from his "cowboy days" and an ability to relate to the common man with practical experience and advice.
Here’s the quote:
"I want to tell you that… I have my franchise, and my citizenship, and I have my vote, and I have a right to cast it. And if every single man or woman that is entitled to their franchise, instead of going and howling after the trouble is over, would shake themselves and realize that they are members of this great nation and great State, and go… and cast their ballot, I tell you mighty few dishonest men would find their way into our State and into the offices. But it is your fault, because we do not do our duty as American citizens."
In this day and age of political marginalization, there is only one course of correction. That course is for the people to get involved and to exercise their rights in the political process. I believe this is especially true of state and local government.
Until the people stop complaining, change themselves, and get involved, we will continue to see dishonest men and women in political office. After all, they don’t elect themselves.