Ocean State as Rubber Room
You know I’m in a state of hopeless nonchalance when I use the word “alas,” but: Alas, I must admit that Robert Haiken of Warwick has put his finger on it:
The problem is no longer with the legislature. It is with the voters who keep sending the same people back to the legislature. We are reminded of that old definition of insanity — keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result.
Nothing will ever change.
Behind the scenes, we here at Anchor Rising indulge in deep conversations about the underlying causes of “Rhodapathy.” I’m a little reluctant to admit that the obvious seems always to resurface:
- Too many people feel personally connected, whether:
- They really are, or
- They merely know a guy who knows a guy whose daughter plays soccer with their nieces.
- Too many people are on the take, whether:
- They are receiving ludicrous benefits through the state’s union culture, or
- They are receiving ludicrous payouts as part of the state’s welfare programs.
- Too many people are ideologically bound to the status quo, whether
- They have to vote Democrat as a matter of psychotic compulsion, or
- They have to keep the statehouse pure blue because they dislike George Bush.
- Too many people can’t muster the interest to change things, whether
- They’re working so hard just to keep afloat that they can’t spare the effort, or
- They’re trapped in our peculiar fatalism that takes pride in accepting that this is just the way things are, here.
But I thank Mr. Haiken for his reminder that we can’t just insist that a corrupt system change itself. We have to boot the folks who make it corrupt.