Cate McCalley wrote:Let's be real. Marvin could not have been indicted unless there was proof that he misappropriated public funds.
I knew Marvin when he was a little boy. Knew his dad, Gunsmoke, well. Both good ’ole boys. Both good men on the whole.
What everybody, including me, knows is there is accepted means of corruption in public agencies in Harlan County that most Harlan Countians don't even count as corruption. Not because they don't know better, but because it is an accepted way of life. Loyalty runs deep.
Things like public trust are way down on the list of what's important. More important is personal trust. People obviously like those they know personally and have helped elect into some position of power. They're not objective because that's not what's most important. Keeping the back of those trusted comes first.
There's nothing wrong with loyalty. Until it blinds one's objectivity.
Marvin made a mistake. His loyalty blinded him and caused him to lose sight of his place in the political Hierarchy. For that, a pound of flesh is owed and will be extracted.
was it Justified?