posted on Sep, 11 2009 @ 12:27 AM
Like many of you I'm sure- I just sit back and watch everyday how corruption is spreading through this country like a disease. Just listening to the
way these politicians speak makes me sick to my stomach. Treating the American public like pawns or trash. In this day and age of corruption
(especially in congress) why is there absolutely no requirement for a drug test, lie detector test, and mental health screening or anything along
those lines prior to putting these people in power and during their terms?..We're giving these people ultimate power based on the fact that they
spent a few years as a lawyer, judge, or in government and went to college....How is that enough? It's ludicrous! We just assume everything's
kosher. They test athletes for performance enhancing drugs in sports- Shouldn't we be testing our officials for lies, mental issues and drugs as
well? It's kinda like giving someone a promotion before you know how they are going to do or giving someone a loaded gun that you don't know. These
people get away with murder essentially (no pun inteded Ted Kennedy).
I give you an example of how ridiculous it really is...
A California lawmaker who resigned after he was caught on tape bragging about his sexual exploits with two women, one of them reportedly a lobbyist,
denied on Thursday that he was having extramarital affairs.
What was he bragging about then?
We live in a world where you can get arrested for downloading a movie illegally and thrown in jail for years or fined more than your house is
worth...but these people betray the trust of the public, the same public that puts them in place and keeps them employed and then LIE about it, get to
just slither away! The affair isn't the issue here- its the fact that clearly he's lying and who knows what else he's lying about. We just simply
can't trust them anymore. They've failed us all. Not to mention that he was telling a fellow lawmaker about this whose mouth was probably salivating
over it. These are the same people that chose how your life is going to be run. The same people that put the laws in place that you are forced to
follow. These are the same people in charge of your childrens and your children's children's fate as well.
Another prime example...
On June 4, 2007, Rep. Jefferson was indicted on 16 criminal counts, including two counts of conspiracy to solicit bribes, two counts of solicitation
of bribes by a public official, six counts of honest services fraud by wire, one count of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, three counts of
money laundering, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of racketeering.
Clearly this didnt happen overnight. Yet this man held a position of power that the majority of people in this country wont even get a mile near. This
is just the tip of the iceberg. There are literally pages and pages and article after article of just rampant corruption. Everyday theres more.
We have chronies all over Washington. People that have been there for far too long and thrived off of us for far too long. We acknowledge this on a
daily basis, yet fail to do anything about it. Corruption is nothing new in this country and has been infested through state, local, and our national
government...but when is enough enough already? How many more bribes and buy outs do we need to hear about government officials selling us out for? If
we actually were responsible and took pre-cautionary measures prior to giving someone full access to our tax money, futures and fates, maybe we would
see early on who they really are and we wouldn't be in the position we are today.
On a side note- Congressman and some officials start out at $165,200 WITH BENEFITS. Now I don't know about you but that seems awfully high for
someone doing a horrific job. Maybe we ought to lay off some people in government rather than our own people. Imagine how many jobs we could save if
these people weren't swimming in salaries.