The conversation with my friend included me pondering something else. Why more "average" Americans don't take up the mantle and represent us. This is government of the people, by the people, and for the people as Old Abe said. Do you have to have a degree from some prestigious school to be able to convey the needs of your community, city, or state? Maybe if we had less of a witch-hunt mentality when it comes to "vetting" our collective representation, more every day people might step forward and seek public office.