Power is a privilege, one that we bestow on our leaders every few years in the hopes they will wield it wisely and in our interests. It comes down to a matter of trust. Can we trust the person to whom we offer our vote and our personal power to put our desires at the forefront of all they do?
Sadly, it seems that we cannot.
Donald Trump dubbed Washington, D.C. the Swamp, and it has become more apparent than ever that this term could apply to just about every major politician in terms of influence-peddling, shady deals, and quid pro quos now so commonplace.
But this is not a recent phenomenon. It’s as old as the hills and, as we discuss in today’s edition of the Rabbit Hole, it’s been an open secret for centuries.
To kick us off, let’s talk about nepotism.
There are examples of this in today’s political realm. We have Hunter Biden, apparently unqualified in the energy sector, receiving a staggeringly well-paid position with a Ukrainian energy firm just after his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, made an official visit to the nation.
The facts of this arrangement may never fully emerge, and, although Hunter has issued a strange half-apology for getting involved, the media are presently closing ranks to dismiss the idea that he got his position because of his father’s power as a “debunked conspiracy theory.” Really? THAT’S the conspiracy?
It is no surprise that relatives of the rich and powerful get benefits. The term nepotism dates back...