"Tomorrow I embark on a new journey in my life," he said. "I do so with a firm faith in God and the support and faith of my family..... I do so with a clear conscience."
Lord Conrad Black? Richard Mellon Scaife? No, Republican ex-Govener of Illinois, George Ryan, reporting to prison for political corruption, including "allegations of sitting poolside in Jamaica at the expense of lobbyists and accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from underlings."
We who do values-based planning for the wealthy often talk of how clients go from Success to Significance. Fortune's Wheel, though, is constantly turning, and many a client rises from Success to Significance only to fall into disgrace. As Robert Frost once put it, in the spirit of the Vanitas Tradition, "Too many fall from great and good/For you to doubt the likelihood." He goes on to say,
No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard,
Or keeps the end from being hard.
Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide!
Not to be self-serving, but I would like to suggest that if you are rich and powerful it might be best to provide for yourself, your family and your legacy by retaining a World Class Morals Tutor, such as myself, rather than the usual enablers, flatterers, and "trusted advisors." I may be "boughten friendship," like a politician on the take, or a think tank thinker, or a publicist, or your Bishop, but better boughten friendship at your side than none at all, as Frost says.