There are isolated instances of it, but national corruption is terribly unlikely these days. What little there is is being routed out.
The national election was tainted because of Florida, which has a history of dirty tricks. I agree that what happened there was reprehensible, but its more attributed to obsolete voting technology than corruption.
No, but they'll sell legislation outright in exchange for essentially limitless legal money, and then they'll go ahead and use that money illegally anyway.
Untrue. I assume you're referring to interest groups bribing politicans? On a national level, this simply doesnt happen. Politicians dont get into office by taking risks. They are probably the most cautious people on the planet. A $50,000 bribe is nothing compared to spending millions campaigning for a seat and then to lose it. Further, how do they use the money illegally?
On corruption not selling, that is totally untrue. Good lord, americans LOVE their politicans getting caught being bad. It reinforces their rather incorrect view that politicans are nothing more than thieves, and who doesnt like having their feelings vindicated?
Your post is a perfect example of the average american's beliefs. Consider something interesting: Everyone thinks Congress as a whole is a bunch of scumbags. Yet incumbants are almost impossible to NOT get reelected. Why? Because people love their particular representative. They feel they could do no harm - and they're right mostly. Yet they dont trust the OTHER ones. And so, dont trust congress. It's an interesting paradox.
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