“Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.”

My father-in-law loves pithy sayings. For Christmas every year some member of the family gets a plaque or t-shirt that contains some humorous comment he’s found. A few years ago he gave me a plaque that said “whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.” I’ve often pondered the wisdom of that statement, and especially now given the events of the past few days.

I don’t enjoy watching episodes such as the one we’re in now. I take no delight in seeing people’s lives and careers destroyed. I sincerely hope Glenn Richardson can get the help he so clearly needs. I’ve given up hope that so many of the other rumors I’ve heard over the past year are false. Some of those rumors may see the light of day very soon and I’m not looking forward to the fallout from those event either.

My faith teaches me about mercy, forgiveness, and redemption. I do my best to live out those principles, but we do suffer the consequences of our actions. Sadly when the stuff hits the fan it’s not distributed evenly, nor is it distributed equitably. People who’ve done nothing wrong are suffering right now and I fear more will in the coming days. I feel sorry for them but the “stuff” will come out whether we like it or not. If you’ve chosen to hold public office, you’ve given up certain aspects of your privacy and like it or not, you’re held to a higher standard.

Speaker Richardson’s resignation seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point and I support that outcome. He probably should have left some time ago, but he didn’t and we find ourselves where we are. As for the other “stuff” that may or may not be coming out, we’ll just have to wait and see. I hope throughout the halls of power in this State people are searching their own souls and surrounding themselves with trustworthy people who can hold them accountable. We simply can’t allow arrogance and lust for power to consume our lives. Those are the vices on display right now. It’s easy to say “I’d never do that” but the truth is we are all capable of throwing our lives away – I know I am. The Greek tragedy that is the Glenn Richardson story is just the latest example of our human frailty and weakness. We’re not as strong as we think we are.


  1. edmund says:

    From our friends at Wikipedia:

    Tragedy (Middle English tragedie < Middle French tragedie < Latin tragoedia < Ancient Greek: τραγῳδία, tragōidia, "goat-song"[1]) is a form of art based on human suffering that, paradoxically, offers its audience pleasure.

    Sounds about right for our venerable front page posters here at Peach Pundit.

  2. It’s arrogance, pure and simple. That is not leadership, it’s a cancer. When the issue first broke there should have been due diligence in addressing the issue(s). What we have now is a corrupt bunch who have aided and abetted a corrupt culture. It is not a Republican or a Democrat issue it was and is a matter of choice of the participants.

    The reprocussions will be felt loud and long and affect many people, mostly those who had no affiliation with the mess.

    These legislators need to address the issue without political blinders and clean it out. Then hopefully pragmatic and competent people will step up to the plate and be willing to run public office for the right reasons, public service not self service.

  3. Ken in Eastman says:

    Well said, Buzz.

    Loyalty is a good thing, but sometimes people do make mistakes and transfer that loyalty to the wrong recipient. Speaker Richardson’s arrogance was well established and well documented. Our legislator’s loyalty should have been to the people of this state and not to the individual.

    From below the gnat line,

  4. Doug Deal says:

    To assume this is a tragedy in the Greek sense, you have to assume that it is really just a single flaw, such as hubris that brought him down. I have yet to hear much that was redeeming about this man who had more in common with the one dimensional mustache twirling villains from early silent films than people stories such as Oedipus.

    And if Oedipus meant swollen foot, perhaps the pathologically narcissistic Former Speaker Richardson should be called Headipus.

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