by Dale Paule
Everybody likes apples, right?
I mean, there’s, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” “As American as apple pie,” “Bring the teacher an apple,” “She’s the apple of my eye,” and even “Johnny Appleseed.” And that’s just the short list.
“Apple” in the American lexicon has always been something which equates to something desirable, something wholesome, and just plain good for you.
So I suppose that’s why it’s so disappointing whenever a rotten one appears occasionally; even more so when it happens frequently, as it seems to be lately.
In the past, whenever a rotten apple turned up, it was more often than not someone away from the scrutiny of the everyday public eye; a minor official, or a small-town politician with sticky fingers.
But lately, they’re turning up from all levels of society, from the “usual suspects,” to the “Who would have ever thought?!” crowd.
Is it because we’re only now being made aware of it?
Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying there’s never been a rotten apple or two from the upper-echelon branches of the tree; it’s just that now it’s starting to not be all that uncommon; we’re seeing it on a regular basis, and it’s definitely more than an anomaly that rotten apples are popping up in areas of government from which we formally took honesty and integrity for granted, and attached a great deal of weight to decisions and laws they made and enacted on “We the People’s” behalf.
Could it possibly be then, that the reason for it falls as much on “We the People” as it does upon the rotten apples? If so, then what have we been doing wrong in our selecting of these apples whom we’ve trusted to be the best the tree has to offer?
Perhaps it’s as simple as picking from the wrong tree; maybe it’s time to move to another tree, and while we’re at it, we may want to take a minute, and have a closer look at the quality of the apple in the bright sunlight, instead of just picking and hoping. It seems to me like a better choice than continuing to end up with rotten apples; they leave such a lousy taste in your mouth.