It’s no surprise when both the Republican and Democrat candidates are linked to some sort of corruption. This can be said about candidates for virtually any government position in our nation at any given time. What is surprising is that it’s 2010 and people are still voting for politicians. Wherever there is money, fame and power, corruption is sure to follow. It really just boils down to choosing the lesser of two (or more) evils. Would you rather elect someone who was allegedly involved in healthcare fraud or someone who was allegedly involved in pension funds mismanagement? What about alleged illegal campaign spending or allegedly being involved with a prostitute? Sometimes, the options to choose from are far worse, but the term “allegedly” always seems to soften the blow.
Why not choose “none of the above” for a change? After all; how could we possibly put our trust in anyone who wants to be in power? At some point, we have to ask ourselves why this person wants to have all of this power, anyway. In fact, when was the last time we saw a genuine act of self-sacrifice for the greater good rather than back-peddling or allegation-avoidance in a candidate running for public office?
The person who does the right thing, regardless of the consequences, and who doesn’t want anything to do with being a public figure is the person who should be put into office. They are out there, and they make the tough choices every day based on what’s best for everyone; not their lobbyists, campaign contributors or bank accounts.
It takes the personality of a sociopath to make decisions that will result in the harm of large masses of people; physically, monetarily or otherwise. Could you send hundreds of thousands of people to their deaths and fall asleep every night? No one with a clear conscience could unless they were a sociopath or worse. Chances are, you’ve voted for one of these people and never realized it.
Power, fame and money can corrupt anyone, especially if they are exposed to it at an early age. Just look at childhood stars. Once you have had everything that you’ve ever wanted, what else is there to do other than interfere with other peoples lives? Charismatic, wealthy and attractive people learn at an early age that they can get just about anything that they desire, and eventually, their personalities are conditioned to be a certain way because of this. This is a perfectly normal and expected human flaw, but somehow it goes unrecognized when it comes to voting for government officials. People still fall for baby-kissing and other cliché political campaign antics.
Then, there are those who vote for certain candidates for the sole reason of making their own personal situations better, regardless of those who may suffer as a result of the imminent and anticipated actions brought forth by the officials elected by these individuals- which almost always has to do with money. Either way, until every major decision that’s made by those who are in power is based on the greater good, rather than their financial agendas, things will never improve.
So, this election year, don’t be fooled by the charisma of the candidates. Perhaps it’s time to think outside the box and elect not to elect yet another politician who, in their own sizeable way, will contribute to the continued deterioration of our fragile society. Or, enable the cycle to continue by voting for the politicians who “appear” to be the least guilty of the crimes in which they have allegedly committed.