frustrating things that happens in American life is the way that longevity, the ability to maintain some sort of position in the public eye for 2+ decades somehow morphs into respectability.
This happens in entertainment, where it is really just an irritant, and it happens in the world of politics, where it is often much more upsetting.
In entertainment, two examples I can think of are Madonna and, what's his name, Liv Tyler's father.
former secretary of state Steven Tyler
Both of these individuals have managed to stay popular by parroting popular themes in contemporary pop music. This is fine, it takes a certain undeniable skill.
In politics it happens with pretty much everyone over the age of 70, no matter how black their hearts or their records of public service.
Henry Kissinger may be the most singularly immoral and dangerous American of the 20th century. By all accounts, he is a brilliant man who believes in absolutely nothing other than the pursuit of his own power and influence. Say what you will about the corruption of a Bush or a Nixon, but I feel very strongly that they had some sort of ideology. This is not to suggest that it was reasonable, or that they were not lovers of power, but I in some way, they both felt that they were pursuing a course whose ends would justify the means.
Kissinger was Nixon's sec. of state, and prior to the 1968 election he offered several people jobs in the administration, the people responded, "if Nixon wins", to which Kissinger said, "no matter who wins". He was entirely unprincipled.
In and of itself, this would be merely distasteful, in a secretary of state during the late 1960's and early 1970's, it was particularly disastrous.
Kissinger was (more than any other man), responsible for the war crimes in Cambodia, and for political assassination in Latin America.
It is insulting to human dignity that we should pretend we have anything to learn from the council of this man.