Enough with the Scandals!


Politician swarmed by press for corrupt actions. Picture from Getty Images

Politician swarmed by press for corrupt actions. Picture from Getty Images

With the replacement of the President, the citizens of the United States dispute about anything politics related. Arguing left and right wing individuals frenzy over single sentence comments. What causes these high tensions? The simple difference between Democratic and Republican? Or is it the scandals?

Whenever there is a situation that has high tensions, there is also, in most cases, scandals. Ever since the beginning of our country, there have been scandals within the delegacy.

Don’t be under the impression that one party is any better than the other. It seems as if the rules fly out the window when there’s ever a position of high importance and more than one person from different parties is running for it.

The most recent example of this would be the leaked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails earlier this year.

Many unprofessional and biased comments, even though all parties are supposed to be neutral throughout campaigns, were said in over 19,000 leaked emails from the DNC. The leaks come from accounts of seven different key figures in the DNC and were all leaked by a hacker of the name Guciffer 2.0. Cyber security experts blame the attack on two Russian intelligence groups, even though that Russian press secretary Dmitry Peskov stated that the Russian government had no involvement in the hacking incident. In the wake of the emails, four crucial members of the DNC, including the chair Debbie Wasserman, all resigned from their positions.

As there’re many scandals on the Democratic side, there are also ones tied to the conservatives. In August of 2014, Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigned. His resignation was the result of a scandal two years prior when he bribed a former Iowa GOP state lawmaker to switch his endorsement from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. He paid the senator $70,000 for the switch but did not realize he’d end up losing his job for the ordeal.

Dylan formulating thoughts as he ponders the upcoming election. 

Dylan formulating thoughts as he ponders the upcoming election. 

Defined by Wikipedia, a scandal is “a kind of political corruption that is exposed and becomes a such, in which politicians or government officials are accused of engaging in various illegal, corrupt, or unethical practices.” From this definition, we ask ourselves…do they really work? Senior Dylan Peloquin says, “I think that when power hungry people want uneducated kids like me to believe in something, they can lie and not live up to their word after they’re elected. I think that’s pretty scary because I don’t know who to trust.” We often see politicians spend extraordinary amounts money, time and risk for one person or another to perform certain tasks, but it doesn’t look like they see the effect on the people who believe in them. Obviously, in their minds it is necessary for that action to take place, but does it affect the way the citizens of the United States function on a daily basis?

Truly, it’s hard to tell because scandals are not supposed to be figured out, so there could easily and definitely be more corruptions that go unaccounted for. Obviously, major scandals, where they determine who is president, like the Florida Election Recount of 2000, can affect the people of America whether we’re Democratic or Republican. With thousands of elected officials in political positions that govern the majority of our lives, the potentiality is unlimited. Being elected, we trust that their decisions are guided by a virtuous moral standard so that they can benefit their lives as well as ours.

America doesn’t need Trump to tell us that we need to “Make America great again.” However, corruption in the government and crimes committed by the highest level in our justice system won’t help us progress. The voters can only hope for a fair selection that promises optimism for the world and for future generations.

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