We Americans have a saying we use when we are attempting to describe the most corrupt individuals around -- "He's the kind who would steal from his own mother." Yep, we have some of those around. They are in all walks of life and all races, creeds and levels of society. They are rich, poor, tall, short, male, female, whatever.
They are prevalent at the car repair level. I reach a state of despair over them even finding supposedly diagnosable things wrong that the diagnostic tests do not uncover. I realize they may not be quite the most amoral individuals around. They are certainly near the top. The American politician, though, may be just a little worse than even the mechanics and the home repair individuals.
We've had cheating, thieving liars among politicians for so long that movies portray country, porky, cigar smokin', small-town southern hicks as a typical front runner in elections or even as managers of small towns. We've been trained to think they are funny and to view them with an "aw shucks, aren't they cute?" attitude. They are not limited to a small-town mayor or sheriff level. Such individuals are rife at the federal level as well. But they are in disguise, wearing three-piece suits and acting all sophisticated and respectable. "The better to take advantage of you that way, my dears."
What America needs is to recognize liars, cheats and a mother's bad sons for what they really are -- liars, cheats and bad sons (or daughters). In fact, it is imperative that the American public learn what these people are to the core of themselves. They are the bad apples that spoil the whole bunch and we need to throw out the bad ones so we can save whatever goodness of our country still exists. That good is becoming sparse.
Will the media please do this for the good of everybody before America becomes completely reprehensible? Will you please sideline all partisan politics? Will you start pointing out all of our liars , cheats and thieves, instead of presenting our news in a he said/she said bipartisan manner. Please show us what they say and compare it with what they do. There are dishonest politicians (and dishonest people who put them into office) on both sides of the aisle and in all the branches of government. Please expose them all to our voting public before our next election. If you don't do this soon, we have only our country to lose.