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Good afternoon all,

This morning has been sullied by a constant barrage of negative news about politics and the disgrace in the public and private lives of our elected officials. And this is the nasty kind. We’ve got Sen. Ted Stevens, Sen. John Edwards, and then a California pay-for-play allegation here in CA.

The concept of trust in politics is one that is so important that it cannot be understated. That said, the slow and steady degradation of public trust in their elected officials is so pervasively shallow that it calls into question our entire democratic Republic, which has endured the last 232 years. Ted Stevens taking kickbacks…John Edwards having getting caught having an affair after running a campaign based on the populist ideals of faith, family & community. Please. These are some of our most senior lawmakers. I guess we’re all human, but I would just expect a higher level of of conduct.