My Mom used to be an Idaho state employee, and her office was in the basement of the Idaho State Capitol Building in the 1960s. Sometimes, I would have a dentist appointment downtown after school. I would walk over to the Capitol to wait and get a ride home with her when she left at five. If I was early, I would look around to make sure no one was watching and lie down on floor on the street level and look up at the interior of the dome. It has gold trim and stars painted inside the very top rim.
I thought it was the most amazing place. I first saw the Capitol on a field trip when I was in Elementary school. It was all marble columns and walls inside and seemed magical to me. I thought it was still enchanting when I was a college student and had an internship with the State Senate Minority. It is a place I wanted to work in when I was an adult. I wanted to be part of the system that helped guide our State and make the laws to make Idaho an even better place to be. Now I feel like there is a little bit of tarnish on all that gold. My feeling is that the lobbyists control what goes on in our Statehouse and the voters are ignored. Pretty sad, for all those dreams that little girl had – to be dashed by the reality of corporate greed, private interest over public and the realization that money is what makes the world go ’round.