[But veteran lawmakers torn apart by PTSD don't have a choice about being Exhibit A in the case against Washington politics.] When you see what can happen to a page or a junior congressman, it passes on in a very real way, not in a history-class sense, that reality of what political power really is, ... Who are we to impose this emotional albatross on public servants? As a nation, we pretend to elect our leaders. It seems unjust to make them a special class to suffer for our sins over wrongheaded laws, or pay a continuing emotional price for securing their future careers.
- Leon Kass
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