Politics attracts that type of person. Most people who go into politics want power and control. It's pretty rare you get someone who desires those who isn't also extremely selfish and selfishness is at the heart of corruption. Compassionate people don't tend to have a desire to go into politics so you're pretty much left with self-serving scum running most countries.
easy answer friend, because to become one you yourself are already partly corrupt usually,and why they keep getting worse after? well thats "politics" for you, they do not care for you the *insert party they say they do* they care for whoever gives them profits and boosts throughout their careers. sad world? yes is it going to change without any action to do so? most likely no
As far as I can see, on nearly all democratic countries, and with some institutionalized liberalism(and even some that don't, like China), is not party ideology that runs a country, but rather the invested "interest" on it. And that interest rarely if never coincides with what's best for that country's people.
As a brazilian, I know the greater interest invested on my country is on the exploitation of natural resources and the construction market. As I see in America, the market speculation, military contracts and the arms industry hold that power as do the industry in China. To politicians, siding with those is not as much as a matter of furthering their own power, but a matter of survival.
Of course, when party ideology raises to power we get some communist shit like Venezuela, so there's hardly a political at work on the word today that doesn't further corruption or the exploitation of their people.
You couldn't prove me wrong. All you could do was reassert the same refuted arguments over and over again, and when that didn't work, you started swearing and shouting "love it or leave it" fallacies.
Let me help you with it: "theactofstealing;thewrongfultakingandcarryingawayofthe personalgoodsorpropertyofanother;larceny."
I never gave the government permission to take money away from me, nor do I have a choice in the matter. There's about as much consent involved in the process as a mafia protection racket, though I suppose you're the kind of guy who will accept anything the government wants to do to you as morally unobjectionable.
"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato, who lived in the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE
Two thousand years later, but still a long time ago...
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." - Lord Acton, 1887
The basic problem is that powerful public service positions tend to be sought by exactly the people who should not occupy those positions. It's not just politics - the military and clergy have had this problem since the dawn of civilization too.
There are many reasons why some politicians become corrupt. Yes, you have the ones that are corrupt by nature. It takes very ambitious people to ascend to the level of high office, and often that ambition can become their downfall as well. It is important to realize when enough is enough, and to be happy with what one has.
Then there are other circumstances, such as irregular situations that provoke a threat but cannot be addressed under the current written rules without scrutiny or harsh criticism. That's where wetwork organizations come in, even if what they do to get the job done requires bending or breaking the laws. It is sad to say, but some people do justify the means by the ends, even if the resulting ends do not match initial expectations, such as a failed coup or an 'accidental' bombing that was intended for hostiles but hit a major city by mistake.
It is actually the voters fault that our politicians are corrupt. It is also part of human nature.
People would rather hear comforting lies than acknowledge painful truths. This pretty much guarantees liars will win every election. At best you end up with politicians that sugarcoat the truth which is also a type of lying. Elections then devolve into a contest between the lesser of two evils as rivals try to out do each other with a combination of outright lies and sugarcoating.
Occasionally honest politicians will attempt to run on Truth platforms but they get shot down and their campaigns don't go anywhere. A good example of this would be Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012.
They have no power, rather they are a bunch of scared shitless no-minds doing the bidding of those who do have power, those who support them financially. Where else can anyone get a job that pays $174k per annum and after a few years be worth millions?
If I had to answer, I'd say that no... power (usually) doesn't corrupt. It draws those who are already corrupt. If you're a greedy bastard who wants everything for themselves, life as a humble worker doesn't cut it. You want the power, the prestige, the wealth and the influence that comes with being at the top, so you'll push it as far as you can.
I don't want to be at the top. I want to keep working as a teacher. So this is where I am, and this'll probably be where I'll stay. Hakuna matata.