Political corruption is the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption as we are witnessing in Washington, DC by so many of our elected officials. A state of unrestrained political corruption is known as “kleptocracy” which means rule by thievery, or as my daddy would say, “A cesspool of corruption.”
We are witnessing a cesspool of corruption by our elected officials in the form of bribery in which a payment is given in exchange for their use of official powers. We are witnessing the trading of influence or influence-peddling when our officials sell their influence over the decision-making process to benefit themselves.
A good example of this is when members of a Senate Committee were receiving campaign funds from health corporations to design a health plan to their liking to replace Obamacare. We are witnessing patronage by our officials to favor implementing their policy.
We are witnessing electoral fraud, which is the illegal interference with the process of an election where acts of fraud affect vote counts to bring about election results. In our last election, it has been documented that millions were involved in illegal voter registration.
Under the Obama Administration, billions of dollars were paid to Iran in a secret, backdoor approach. Billions of dollars were taken out of the Social Security fund and given to people who didn’t even have a Social Security number/card. A number of corrupt government officials enriched themselves through foreign aid donations.
America’s faith in government has fallen to an all-time low. Only 12% of citizens said they could trust leaders in Washington to do what is right! We desperately need transparency in government with a two-term limit for all our elected officials in Washington.
Thomas Jefferson observed a tendency for a smooth-running government, “to demand a free press,” which we don’t have today because of the crooked mainstream news media.
The solution to this problem of corruption is term limits on Congress, a return to the rule of law, and restore Christianity in America.
We can see political corruption by government officials in the Bible when Jeroboam caused Israel to sin. He was influenced by political considerations, rather than by ethical ones. He lives in Bible history as the most corrupt politician who ever lived! Influenced by political expediency, he conceived the plan of establishing a form of worship in his own territory and thus keep the people from going to Judea to worship. The Law of Moses required every male Israelite go to Jerusalem three times a year, on the occasion of the great feasts to worship. To keep them away from Jerusalem, he made two calves of gold and said, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel” (I Kings 12:28).
Jeroboam’s real motive was a desire to maintain his position. It was no concern to him that the Law of Moses required this trip and that worship could not properly be offered anywhere else. It would eventually bring ruin on the children of Israel, just like the liberal policies being pushed by the globalists will destroy America!
Again and again, we are reminded in the history of the kings of Israel, that they followed in the steps of Jeroboam, “Who made Israel to sin.” The cesspool of corruption of such a course eventually became so pronounced that the nation perished. Will this be America’s fate?