Casino constitute, at best, expensive entertainment or acceptable graft. Casino mentality in government inevitably temporary.
Democracy is constantly tested right from "the tarred road always runs first by the mailbox of the county commissioner" to selling weapons to both sides of unending war. (Trillion buck Mideast, so far, and Texas-Mexico Wall pending.)
Perversion highest in governance, damage most. Who voted for generals, CIA, Guantanamo for example?
I'd like for all children of generals be front line GI Joe. (And retire all generals to Guantanamo.)
I'd like all federal law be managed by separate states. (So at least graft is local.)
That local celebration of mass hanging is worse even than cherry in spoon. (Which doesn't tickle my artistic either.)
Offset is simple fact. Most of us get by as friends and neighbors.
Robert E. Molenaar
P.S.: We don't never, none of us, ever get to own anything. We just get to take care of it a while.