I agree Dennis. It seems to me that today's politicians see election to office as a career. They should never be that comfortable in their office. After a term or two, they are just giving lip service to those who put them there but are listening to those who hang around to push a 'special' interest. There used to be such a thing as honor among thieves but I think that got lost over time when it comes to elected people. Sure, there are some good ones, but too many are bought and paid for time and time again. Even as far back as 100 years ago those who did not live up to the voters expectations stood a good chance of being taken out of town on a piece of wood with sticky stuff and the pillow stuffing attached to their person. The real meaning of the office they hold, and the responsibility to the voter does not hold the same committment it once did. That is really sad to me because so many others who came before put so much, even their very lives on the line to make our system as fair and honorable as one could possibly be. If a principle was worth dying for, should they not continue to respect it? Possibly some of those who are newer at the 'game' don't truly understand just how difficult it is when the outcome of what they decide affects many lives. Guess they are products of the 'revised' editions in hisory textbooks. The public has become cynical, apathetic and just do not trust politicians.
I'm thinking back to what I've learned about Jefferson Davis. He had a vested interest in the path Mississippi chose. He may or may not have felt it was the right choice but he did what he was elected to do to the best of his ability. While some of his actions could be called questionable, I think his overall performance was carried out in the interest (as he saw it) of his cause