As a nation, we seem to survive damage at the hands of some ethically and intellectually challenged persons who exercise power, elected and appointed.
President Nixon believed he was above the law. Sen. Joseph McCarthy provided us with a big scare. Justice Clarence Thomas proves that appointees to the nation's highest court have not always been of the highest caliber. Justices Scalia and Alito make no attempt to hide personal and religious bias.
At the state level, elected officials have also demonstrated varying degrees of education, ability, intelligence and bias. Right now, the state of Utah's top elected official demonstrates is both prejudiced and stupid.