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Why politicians are by nature mostly corrupt?

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eventcompany Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant
Why politicians are by nature mostly corrupt?
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:iconavskyggene:
AvSkyggene Featured By Owner 17 hours ago
Because voters are idiots who will vote for whoever has more time on reality TV shows.

Hence the people receive the "leaders" they deserve.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
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.
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Shesvii Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I become a politician with access to power, money and diplomatic inmunity and then I tell you why.
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WongSeungQQ Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Politicians are motivate by power and influence, not to serve the people
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:iconpink-pastel:
Pink-Pastel Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Because they have that kinda power to do so, and the greed to keep it going.
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EyeballEarth Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everyone has potential to be corrupt, politicians just get to places where it really pays off(if you don't get caught)
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ToMaHaKeR Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Because they "receive commands" from their higher bosses. I sincerely hope you already knew that presidents and politicians in general are not "most powerful" people in their countries.
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IAmCatMan22 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
The fact that the capitalistic system is basically creating an environment were Money equals Truth! 
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:icontheworldleader:
theworldleader Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Professional General Artist
Its worth it.
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Bearheart55 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
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
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krausler Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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Draggah-N Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Are they? Or do the lazy, uninformed voters get what they deserve?
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:icondragonsnapalm:
DragonsNapalm Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Don't throw stones. What looks like stupidity to one person looks like wisdom to another.
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:icondraggah-n:
Draggah-N Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Lol, I'd never consult you for the latter, but you may have some authority on the former. :roll:
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:icondragonsnapalm:
DragonsNapalm Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks for proving my point, oh "he who has no life skills besides making hideous porn, and doesn't understand the definition of theft".
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:icondraggah-n:
Draggah-N Featured By Owner 3 days ago
That last bit is you, remember? ;)
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:icondragonsnapalm:
DragonsNapalm Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Nah m8.
I explained what "theft" is. You're the one throwing profanity and "love it or leave it!" at me.
Remember? ;)
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Draggah-N Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You explained it, and you were wrong.
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:icondragonsnapalm:
DragonsNapalm Featured By Owner 2 days ago
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:
"the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; 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.
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Scaly-Hydra Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not exactly a new thing.

"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.
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Ad-hominem-apparatus Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Cause all the honest ones either got bought out, or shriveled into obscurity after their political rivals do take the bribe money,
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
An honest politician is not necessarily a good politician.  On the other hand a corrupt politician will do what he thinks the people want so he will stay in power.
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MechaKraken Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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AgoraphobicHobo Featured By Owner 3 days ago
It's not because power corrupts, or that the people who seek power are corrupt; it's that it TAKES power to be corrupt. 
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43S Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Artist
The main reason why politicians are corrupt by nature is because they are people by nature. 

Most people, given a chance, turn into power-obsessed greedy maniacs, ready to bend any rule so long it gives them more power and money. 
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Greed and power.
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:iconherbaldrink:
HerbalDrink Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Power corrupts. It has been found that it actually causes brain damage - it's the equivalent of getting kicked in the head by a donkey. 
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:iconlizzychrome:
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously? 
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:iconherbaldrink:
HerbalDrink Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yep. Certainly has.

Explains why so many sociopaths get in power, right? 
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:iconnovuso:
Novuso Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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.

Unpleasent Truths or Comforting lies by Novuso
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niotabunny Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
everyone goes in all fluff and friendly, within a year to five they are corrupted, everyone has a price, what price they sell their soul is on them, but corruption rests in just about everything.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
It takes a very strong person who, upon acquiring power, does not allow that power to affect his thinking.
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:iconlizzychrome:
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Does power corrupt, or are corrupted people attracted to power? 
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:iconherbaldrink:
HerbalDrink Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Power corrupts. It causes your empathy to be less active. 
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:iconlizzychrome:
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe it.
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Doc-Skitz Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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?
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:iconlizzychrome:
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The rich really do control everything. 
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DragonsNapalm Featured By Owner 4 days ago
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. 
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randomness2014 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Human factors, people who are more corrupt are attracted to power?
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DefineDeviancyDown Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Corrupt politicians are called Democrats!
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:iconherbaldrink:
HerbalDrink Featured By Owner 3 days ago
And Republicans. 
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:icondefinedeviancydown:
DefineDeviancyDown Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No argument here!
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Schwarzer--Ritter Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
People vote for the politicians with the most elaborate campaign.
The money for campaigns comes from corporations.
Politicians owe those corporations favours and are therefore corrupt.

=> People deliberately vote for the most corrupt politicians.
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randomness2014 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
fair enough.
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IEnideI Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Humans are easly corruptible by nature, politicians are men. If you add money and power you get the actual situation.
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ToMaHaKeR Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
True, and beside that, humans are the only creatures capable of genuine evil on this planet.
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IEnideI Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Because we're the most evolute creatures, with the possibility to recognize what is good and what is bad following a moral imposed by society.
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Money and power is what attracts the corrupt ones. Ideals are what motivates the honest ones to serve.  But beware, even the honest politicians can be dangerous if they have the wrong ideals.
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Because the reality falls short of their ideaology.
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hannoth Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'd say that fundamentally, and in a nutshell, it's because politicians are selected based on the promises they make, but they operate on the compromises they make.
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