Today I should have watched the Inauguration with as much hope and happiness in my heart as anyone in the acres of humanity fanning out from the Capitol Building. And I would have - if not for the last two years.
The last two years of watching elected officials at all levels find ways to screw the public out of it's money, voice, and quality of life. I cannot summon a blip of enthusiasm. And I resent it. I resent that this issue has crept into my life and stolen this moment from me.
As the camera pans from the new president to the Lincoln Memorial, I get a tear in my eye imagining Martin Luther King watching this day unfold from across the reflection pond.
But the moment passes. I remember closed doors, done deals, mitigation, and politicians everywhere trying to convince the public, without the slightest bit of humor, that casinos are good for us. I am discouraged beyond repair. Cynical at last. Where others feel hope, I find only hypocrisy.
My hope is up the street - at the Supreme Court. My hope is in their ability to end the unbridled, government-sanctioned greed that has taken land off the tax rolls and which will stop at nothing to build the worlds largest casino on a highway near you.
But the Chief Justice just messed up his lines at the swearing in.
I say a prayer for smart people with position, good judgment, a moral compass and political leverage. Redeem my faith, restore my trust. That is my hope.
And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account -- to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day -- because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.President Obama in his Inauguration Address
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