Why do we still refuse to accept the painful fact that no matter how politics is played, it has corruption written all over it? i wonder or what do you think?
Politics and Corruption are the same thing. NO! They are not.
Politics is all about perception. Corruption is about dishonest actions that compromise the integrity of the offices of those who are Politicians.
That's about it.
Nice one Cags but i ask again, when a politician makes up his mind to fight a bill he knows would go a long way in helping people, why do they hold back or does one ideology say help and the other, don't help?
It depends what is meant by corruption. Most politicians, to my knowledge and experience, are not trying to line their pockets with illegal behaviour. If however, you mean the corruption of political principles, yes that easily takes place.
It does seem that the original driving force that inspires someone to enter politics becomes diluted in the competitive world of re-election. This is why, even when the Democrats have a partisan majority, the conservatives still have the philosophical majority.
From Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary (written around one hundred years ago):
"Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.
Insurance - an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."
It's what's been accepted and allowed - always the same until we, personally, change it
Of course they are two sides of the same coin.. but either of it isn't pleasing :x
The office politics at my job are not corrupt.
Just a giant pain in the ass.
If you run for office you have to play the game to win. This is a sorry fact. If you try to win an election by ignoring the evil lobbyists and special interest groups, you have no chance of funding your campaign.
Once in office, any politician must represent those who elected him. Some congressmen will fight hard for government spending in their own district - this is not necessarily corruption.
Many pols manage to play dirty enough to stay in office, but still serve with integrity.
It's an ugly process, but it has always been. It's like sausage: you may like eating it, but you probably won't like seeing how it is made.
I have lived in a whole bunch of places (Germany, the UK, a couple of Canadian provinces), and I have yet to see a political party that wasn't tainted by corruption.
Tony Blair's Labour Party took what amounted to a one million pound bribe from Bernie Eccleston, Tom Daschl had to step down almost as soon as he was appointed, Britain's Conservatives got snared in a "cash-for-questions" scandal, and on it goes...
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