Saying No to Corruption

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on December 10th, 2008

Author: Marty Martorella

 

   Let me begin by asking this rhetorical question, do you want corrupt politicians arrested even if they are in your own party? For many people the answer is no, they have the attitude of “my school right or wrong!” They will cheer at anyone from the opposing party being caught in a scandal, while cursing those catching someone from their party. I submit to you that this is a very un-American attitude to say nothing about being immature. People of Faith must always stand for what is right even if that means going against your political party, church, clubs or even Country. To tolerate corruption will only encourage it to grow. US federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald brought charges against Illinois’s governor, Rod Blagojevich.

 The governor of the US state of Illinois was arrested today and charged with soliciting bribes from candidates seeking his approval to replace President-elect Obama in the Senate. Rod Blagojevich, 51, has been plagued by reports of corruption investigations since 2005, Read more.

    Some Democrats may see Fitzgerald as attacking the party when just the opposite is true; he has done the Democratic Party a great favor. Removing corrupt Democrats and corrupt Republicans is the best thing for both parties and America. Can you imagine if this man had been given a pass? He is only 51 and could easily have run for the presidency in 2016. With a Kennedyist look and if he had placed himself in the Senate, he just might have won. A corrupt politician is no friend to anyone but himself, which brings me to the sad reality that far too many corrupt politicians have damaged this Country and gotten away with it. So, how do we stop such corruption?

   The answer possibly would be a permanent independent prosecutor’s office which would be attached to the Supreme Court. Such an office could have enough prosecutors to keep watch over the White House and both houses of Congress. If it could be kept non-partisan and avoid witch hunts, I believe that it could help to deter future corruption.

   Most politicians do not start out corrupt; instead it is a gradual transition which is feed by the feeling immunity and power. By simply knowing that they are under strong scrutiny and that being elected they are only barrowing the People’s power, most may find the strength to resist any temptation.

 

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