And here's the quote of the day, proving that some problems are common to democracy, whether BCE or ACE:
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." --Aesop
Other fabulous quotes can be found at http://www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_politics.html - including:
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.
The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure
only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right
to be kept right; when wrong to be put right."