'Creature Comforts' Trap Many Politicians

Askia Muhammad | 2/20/2013, 12:31 p.m.

According to church teaching dating back to the dawn of Christianity, "The Seven Deadly Sins," are: 1. Lechery and lust (got to have a chick on the side); 2. Gluttony (the more you eat, the more you get hungry); 3. Greed (Wall Street and the bankers would be nothing without greed); 4, 5, 6, and 7 are sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

But people who lack those "qualities," rarely have what it takes to get out in front of the pack and do what it takes to seize public office. Alas, what's a society to do?

Maybe only the wealthy should be able to serve in public office, those who are ostensibly immune to the temptations of wanting mere "creature comforts." I don't think that's the answer, because how did most of those characters get rich in the first place, if not (at least) by exploiting the labor of the poor unwashed masses?

Or we're left with role models like "Diogenes the Cynic," who lived in a bathtub, or a jar, and who spent his life searching for an honest man. He's still searching I'm sure.

Comedian Redd Foxx accurately described how I view our modern, brazen body of political leaders who seem to inhabit the American councils of power. He tells the story of a drunk who passed out in a cemetery one night. The next morning the drunk woke up next to a tombstone which read: "Here lies a politician and an honest man."

"Well I'll be darned," the drunk said. "They buried two people in the same grave." Creature comforts indeed.