Looking over the John Doe investigation materials just released, the probe into the staff of Scott Walker gives us some interesting alternatives in judging them. Was Walker so dense, so stupid that he did not know what was going on close to him while Milwaukee County Executive? Or was he so smarmy, so scheming that he took careful, sleazy precautions not to attach himself to all the felonies being committed by top members of his staff? Though dirty, smeared politics are involved in the Walker office, it would take either an idiot or a sullied plotter to keep from being directly attached to secret files and other illegal activities swirling around him in his Milwaukee office.
One can assume that sexual and other abuse of children has been taking place in the Roman Catholic Church for hundreds of years. All the time it has shown the amazing ability of the Roman Church to cover it all up. Part of their ability to do so hinges on their insistence that their followers devoutly adhere to rules that would put any colonial power to shame. Today somewhat more enlightened Catholics do not permit that adherence to these almost prehistoric, colonial rules. But when it comes to covering itself from blame or legal charges, it closes ranks and exhibits its hedonistic secrecy and power. But even this is now slipping somewhat, even as the Roman Church holds on desperately to its age-old power.
Once again the right-wing groups, financed by huge sums of money, want to stop a legal investigation of underhanded and strong-arm dealings in our democratic system. It isn't as though a John Doe investigation is somehow strong-arming the democratic process. Quite the opposite. The John Doe is investigating to see if strong-arm or expensive tactics were used to circumvent the democratic process by Scott Walker insiders.
It has been wonderful to watch the Obama family conduct itself during President Obama's terms in the White House. Under great pressure, with bigots and extreme right-wingers waiting for him to make some big personal, moral, or ethical miscue, President Obama and his family have shown us a wonderful American family. It is especially heart-warming because of all the added pressure and scrutiny added to this First Family because it is the first African-American family in the White House.