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There should be no joy in indictments

Although I am left of center and clearly am not a Republican, nor am I a Democrat. And it's for this reason: in theory, there is substantive ideological differences between the two parties; in practice, power corrupts no matter which party is in power. I agree that the level of corruption and arrogant abuse of power is as bad as I've ever seen it, but it's a little disingenuous for Democrats to act so self-righteous about the latest scandals in the White House as well as key Republican leaders in Congress. Democrats have faced their own scandals amongst its leaders in the past and are hardly guiltless today, especially when it comes to fundraising ethics and improprieties. Even if Democrats have been blameless, there is nothing wonderful or joyous about impending indictments. Yes, it may be the demise of arrogant, devious, deceitful and manipulative power players of "the enemy." But, it's the shame of a nation, not just one political party. I find no joy in watching the fall of a White House, even if I strongly oppose its occupents. The fall of the Nixon White House was an embarassing, sad event. The scandals and diminishing of the waning Reagan administration was painful to watch. And the shameful impeachment of Bill Clinton and scandal-ridden Clinton White House was depressing and disillusioning. And the apparent implosion of the current White House is no less disconcerting. No matter what ideology, this is still our government. I look forward to the day this presidency ends. But nothing good comes of a premature demise. For administration opponents, if you consider the line of succession, there's no "savior" waiting in the wings. Only a change in the power in Congress could bring such hope. But that's no guarantee and our nation is weakened in the process. It's during these times that we are most vunerable to our true enemies. The Fitzmas parties being planned are nothing short of disgusting and shameful — period. To delight in the demise of your opponents impugns your own character and integrity. It truly is the politics of personal destruction. Both sides are guilty. And it's what continues to disenfranchise Independents and those in the center. And it's what continues to destroy America. Real problems — the true crises we face as a nation — aren't solved or adequately addressed as both sides maneuver for self-preservation and power. Both parties abandon their principles and own party platforms in these maneuverings. Case in point, the "fiscal conservative" GOP has overseen the most reckless spending ever. Conversely, the Democrats feared the political ramifications of opposing the "patriotic" president, abandoned its basic principles and became complicit in the passing of the "PATRIOT" Act and the support for an unjust war in Iraq. No, there is no joy in these impending indictments. And for those who choose to rejoice, take heart these admonition of Jesus:

"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:2-6 NIV)

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