Rant begins here. Sounds like we're all wannabe featherbeddin' petty dictators at heart. We'd all, being very human, succumb to the garden variety temptations of public office, power and position and end up looking and acting just like the usual suspects we all despise. As musicians, balladeers and broadsiders our real political power is in poking holes in the pompous, deflating the inflated and telling truth to and about the powers that be, even if they be us. I've been involved in politics for the past 15 years, first in my AFM local and as delegate to several Musicians Union conventions, later as a town council person in the little village (pop. 450 or so)I live and work in. Got involved to bring back fairness to the way the town was being run - to protect myself and others from being pushed around by petty officials and selectively enforced local ordinances. So far prevailing. Supporting others like minded for county government positions. It's not easy speaking up. Makes you a target. At this lower end of the political system the same human flaws appear. People try to use government to "get" others they don't like, or for personal gain. Truth twists just as easily in union hall or city hall as in the Oval Office or 10 Downing Street or wherever. We need Tom Lehrers, Mark Russells, Bob Marleys etc., to keep poking and irritating the politicians into thinking and caring and mostly just leaving the rest of us the hell alone. Rant terminates here.