Maybe this is too simple an answer, but I believe it's because of the power involved. Honest people of integrity don't have the drive to get that power. Even if you get an honest person into office, they can't compete head to head against the rest of the system. It either breaks them up and spits them out, or corrupts them bit by bit until they become what they fought.
I think like attracts like. With power comes back-stabbing competition and that has to inevitably lead to cheating and corruption. I'm sure there are decent enough people somewhere in politics, but I've never heard of them. I don't think there is one politician (in Scotland/UK), that I can honestly say I like or trust.
I believe the corrupt comes from human nature in that politicians are given too much power and prestige which they then begin using to their advantage. Some people are already weak morally and when you add power and pressure to the mix then what's on the inside shows up.
We have created so much red tape and so many laws that the politicians feel they must cheat to win and cheat to get their issues passed. I don't feel they all get into politics looking for this it just happens. If you are not a strong person then corrupt people come around and persuade you to break a little rule here and break a little rule there and before they know it they are so ashamed of the game they are playing they just give up and do what the rest do to win cheat.
Our government is way too big, it is way bigger then it was ever intended to be and there is not enough checks and balances to keep people honest. We pay them too much, we have allowed them to create laws that give them retirement for the rest of their lives regardless of how many years they are in office how many places can you work where that happens....?
They take advantage because we allow them to take advantage. They create laws that actually go against the constitution and we the people sit back and do nothing because we have lost the power to do it. Our vote no longer counts it is the ones we elected that make the votes and we still just sit back and allow this to happen.
Our country has became the same as England was when we left it to come over to America. We have forgotten the real reason why the founders of our country and constitution wrote the constitution the way they did. If we were truely following the constitution then we wouldn't have tax on this and tax on that and a government so big we can't pay for it or regulate it....
Politicians are just the front men for the banks and big corporations: especially the oil corporations. Politicians do not have any real power: they can only do what the banks let them do.
If the people that have the real power cannot corrupt a politician: they simply kill him/her. Every assassinated American president took on the private banking cartel. Andrew Jackson took them on and lived: the two pistols aimed at him by his would be assassin both failed to fire.
Please read my latest hub for more on this issue.
in most political systems, money is so available for their votes that the temptation is hard to resist, especially since the chances of getting caught are so slim.
take all money out of politics by having publicly financed campaigns. then any money accepted by a politician is clearly a bribe and illegal.
by tonybeck 7 years ago
Why does politics only seem to attract people that want to lord over us all and enslave us?Government handouts and other forms of "free" money are anti-human as they serve to demoralize the populace, make us lazy and not motivated to achieve anything other than sitting on our asses. ...
by Scott S Bateman 2 years ago
Seeing people yell and complain on these boards and elsewhere that all politicians are corrupt is getting old. They act that way because WE make them act that way.Do we live in a democracy or not? Do we have the right to vote or not? Do we have the ability to learn the ins and outs of issues or...
by JAKE Earthshine 6 days ago
Jimmy Carter’s approval rating was 43% in his second May of his second term as president, a perfect match with Mr. Trump’s which is virtually identical at 43% :And that’s really not so bad for Mr. Trump who is currently within the tightening scope of two major criminal investigations and...
by Dr. Zia Ahmed 18 months ago
Who is more corrupt, Banker or Politicians?Corruption is every where, but who is more corrupt. Government Employees, Politicians or Businesses. Who promotes corruptions.
by S K G Rao. 5 years ago
Will you vote out corrupt politicians.?People West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have done a remarkable change in politics,will the few more states have the same capasity.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago
Do you contend that politics is a game and that the average politician whether Republican orDemocrat cares nothing at all about his/her constituents but only his/her self-aggrandizement, celebrity, and next career move?
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