Believing Themselves Above It All Gets Politicians A One Way Trip Down

Apparently a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge is more egregious than four people dying in Benghazi.  Why else would Democrats scream for a Federal Prosecutor to investigate what and when NJ Governor Chris Christie knew of lane closures on the bridge between New York and New Jersey.

Months after the Benghazi scandal there is no Federal prosecutor assigned to investigate the same questions of President Obama.  In fact, there is no Federal Prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal, the Associate Press leak investigation, the bullying of the Fox reporter.  Heck, there are so many of them t’s hard to keep count but you can read a list of them here.

The media has dubbed Christie’s mess Bridgegate (what else) and it centers around the September 9 lane closures of three local lanes in Fort Lee onto the George Washington Bridge.  The lane closures lasted until September 13 and created massive traffic jams.

No one at the Port Authority informed Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich of the lane closures and promptly ignored him for a week. Conventional wisdom says it was political retribution because the mayor did not support the Governor’s re-election campaign.

It always comes down to pettiness with politicians.

There is no need for a Federal Prosecutor for this and there is no need for one to investigate the myriad of laws Obama has broken. Why bother? They are all crooks and we keep electing these fools to office.  It is time for change and we are the ones who theoretically can make the changes.

Political hubris occurs every time a politician opens his or her mouth. The rise and downfall of all politicians follow the same pattern.  A bright-eyed candidate wants to make a difference and enters the political arena.  Once elected the desire changes from doing the job to getting re-elected.

Along the way, the politician starts building a powerbase and before long they are so insulated they believe their hubris and, worse yet, believe themselves to be untouchable.  They think they are above the law and above the Constitution.  Guess what?  They are wrong.

Unfortunately, their staff members start believing they are also above the fray.  How else can anyone explain Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, sending an e-mail to the Port Authority stating “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”  It rolls downhill, so Kelly was fired for her actions becoming the next fall guy in a long list of fallen guys.

Voters forgive everything except arrogance.  Christie is bombastic and arrogant but New Jerseyans love him because – well, we’re bombastic and arrogant.  Obama is no different in the arrogance department but replaces bombastic with disdain for the Constitution.  Unfortunately, they are the current poster children for politicians gone wild.  Every politician is the same.  They sold their souls for votes while convincing themselves it is a means to an end.  The only problem is along the way, their end game moved from the people to their pockets.

This episode should be yet another “Lessons Learned” moment but other politicians are secretly thinking it won’t happen to them because they are above it all.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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