I think everyone, at some point, can recall an instance in their lives when they realize that the people in charge, whether they’re parents, teachers, coaches, politicians, or presidents—you know, the people who should “know better,” and possess “wisdom”, “ethics,” “honor,” and “integrity”—have let us down. It’s one of those moments when you realize that they’re simply human beings, too, and that they make mistakes, and this realization is a common thing. But sometimes it comes at you out of thin air and slaps you across the face, like when you find out your favorite high school teacher was having an affair, or you walked in on your bus driver perusing a Playboy. Or, even someting as innocent as beating your parent in Trivial Pursuit. In the last case, it’s bittersweet, but often scary, as it makes you realize that, technically, YOU could be the one in charge, whether that may mean teaching other people, raising kids, or being in charge of the country. It’s scary in the sense that the people you looked to in blind trust at one point in time are suddenly only as qualified as, well, YOU. (And sometimes LESS qualified.)
It’s the feeling I get when I realize that THESE (see below) are the people in charge of the House and Senate, for instance. And I think these illustrations will make my point far better than the above paragraph.
Kind of like realizing you’re skydiving without a parachute.
Update: How could I have left out Al Franken, aka Stuart Smalley? He’s good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like him. (Except that he steals elections, of course.)