It was the most scathing criticism that Moses had received from his inner circle. After delivering the Jews from Egypt, Jethro, father in law of Moses, upbraids him for his style of leadership. “This thing you are doing is not right”, Jethro says. (Ex 18:17). Moses, chastened, changes his ways.
Is there anyone in America that still believes that our elected leaders work on behalf of “the people”? They work to enrich their friends, their donors and sponsors, and most of all, themselves. Governor Christie is more obvious about it, but the truth his that his patronage style of politics is endemic both locally and nationally and consumes both parties. Our national press fawns and flatters, eager for both access and the wealth (and book deals and TV time ) that come with access. Those who still have a vestige, a smattering of conscience justify their acquiescence in a thoroughly corrupt system by rationalizing that this is the way the game is played, and after all, we have to provide for our families, don’t we?
Yet because of the partisan tribalism and eagerness for spoil and access that dominates our nation, no one is willing to be a Jethro and simply say, “This thing you are doing is not right”.