The belief that sufficiently powerful political actors are constrained by statute or Constitution is a fiction, one that we would do well to liberate ourselves from immediately. It isn’t that “the system is broken.” “The system” didn’t give us this administration, this Congress, these federal agencies; the people chose them, either directly or indirectly.
We are governed by criminals because we consent to be governed by criminals.
It is good to keep this in mind. If the current Presidential options are a criminal and a game-show host, it is because your neighbors like it that way.
In that spirit, I stumbled across this Wikipedia entry describing the political career of Chicago Alderman and Gangster Frank Roti. I love the last sentence:
He also led the fight for Chicago’s handgun ban in Chicago’s City Council and was instrumental in placing the Chicago Outfit’s main plant, William Hanhardt, now a convicted jewel thief due to be released from prison in 2012, in the position of Chief of Detectives.
The NRA likes to say “If guns are criminalized then only criminals will carry guns” which for people like Frank Roti is a feature not a bug.