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The dedication of Georgia’s new Capitol on July 4, 1889 was an exercise in mixed metaphors. The ceremony, a grand legislative procession from the lawmakers’ temporary digs in an opera house on Marietta Street to the gilded edifice six blocks away, was carefully staged to symbolize democracy as an institution.
When the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity recently ranked Georgia last in the U.S. for anti-corruption laws, I felt a weird sense of relief. It was the same sense of relief I feel when, after being sick for a few days, I get a clear diagnosis from a doctor. Being sick is miserable. Being sick, but not knowing why, adds anxiety to the original injury.