Dear Mr. Editor

My letter to Editor of The Washington Post earlier this week was published in today’s Sunday edition:

Michael Gerson’s Nov. 29 op-ed column, “Wrong and righteous,” discussing a question on the ethics of politicians distorting distortions, prompted the question of whether one should spend good brain cells arguing about the ethics of what politicians do to each other. The nature of the political game is often to do what you can to make your opponent look worse than yourself. So, by fair means or foul, that is what happens.

We can slice and dice the specific actions or events, but the game remains the same. I would not expect politicians to worry too much about their ethics when competing with one another. Now, the ethics of how they deal directly with the electorate may bear more scrutiny, but that is a different set of issues.

Dennis Jones, Bethesda

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About The Grasshopper

Professional international economist, recently retired from an international organization. I use blogging as a way of organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, and spent many years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for a few decades, and worked and travelled abroad extensively. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of girls. Also, married to an economist.
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