It may seem incongruous with our supposed bootstrap mentality, but Americans worship wealth and the wealthy so much that they hold them to different standards.
No matter their qualifications, from the outset the wealthy are deemed credible candidates for elective office. Politicians shower them with tax breaks. And, at least until recently, they appear to be above the law especially in cases of physical and sexual abuse.
What is it about money that robs us of a backbone?
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