The Land of the Cheap and the Home of the Base
With great power comes great corruption.
Unfortunately for us voters, the men and women we elect into office are likely to face many difficult decisions in their careers that will force them to choose between doing what they want, doing what’s right, and trying to stay entirely within the law at all times.
Power is tempting, so it’s not unnatural for influential people such as politicians to reach out and grab opportunities that may be questionable in terms of legality. Not only does it depend on personal traits such as integrity and trustworthiness, but our own system often promotes duplicity when it comes down to a politician choosing to do what is right for their constituents or simply remaining in office, holding onto power for as long as he or she can.
In 2015, former President Jimmy Carter even said, “Now [the United States is] just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and Congress members […] So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.”
Is it really so surprising?