It [the press] has scoffed at religion till it has made scoffing popular. It has defended official criminals, on party pretexts, until it has created a United States Senate whose members are incapable of determining what crime against law and the dignity of their own body is—they are so morally blind—and it has made light of dishonesty till we have as a result a Congress which contracts to work for a certain sum and then deliberately steals additional wages out of the public pocket and is pained and surprised that anybody should worry about a little thing like that.
My Take - That was written a century ago. The press on either side of the political spectrum isn't any more ethical than it was then. Our elected officials don't seem to be any more honest or driven to work for the public good than those of Twain's time. Something tells me that if I were to look for public commentary about the Senate of Republican Rome, then I'd find the same kinds of complaints. Goes to show that the vast majority of people who seek office are doing it for the wrong reasons. Question - How do you say "Vote them out, vote them all out" in Latin?