Strider was just home for lunch and we discussed how people we know change so drastically when they get into office. This coincided with an email from a pal back home who was lamenting the same thing about someone we used to think we knew well.
How and why do people change from what they purported to be into political pod people? Were they always like that, secretly, chameleonlike to the nth degree? Do they not have the strength of character to stay who they were? Were they ever who we thought they were? And if not, after knowing them well and personally for years, are they then psychopaths? And how can you trust them ever again?
This seems to grow into a stronger personality change the longer they're in office, and so do their egos. They have a little power over others and for whatever is lacking in their lives they pump up their self-importance to make up for the deficit of happiness in themselves. It's kind of pathetic.
And what happens to the Good they used to represent? Does that go away, or was it all a sham, an appearance, in order to get where they are? And doesn't that point to some antisocial disorder? How can someone do such a 180 with a straight face?
Unfortunately I've seen this in almost everyone I've known in politics recently. And like most lousy things, it's always still a surprise when I see it happen again. But I think this is what's at heart wrong in my country now. It wasn't always like this. In the 70s and 80s people didn't pander nearly as much. There were passions and oppositions amongst the politicos I knew then, and they didn't back down or change to suit anyone. At least you knew what was going on then.