The root of political corruption lies in something we’ve forgotten about in this age of “separation of church and state.”
This year Tennessee had the “distinction” of being named the most corrupt state politically in the nation. Sadly, when you think about all the corruption in government today, that puts us in some pretty high cotton, as the saying goes. Just last week a Memphis City Council member was indicted. Why does there seem to be such a spirit of corruption in government? What about politics turns so many apparently good people into arrogant, power-hungry, special-interest-serving politicians? There are probably lots of answers, but there may be one we’ve overlooked. And I hope we don’t forget to look for it in the candidates we will be voting for.
Certainly one answer could be that power, prominence, position and reputation are just corrupting influences that wear even the best of us down. But I submit that the root of it all is pride. And pride tends to swell because of something we’ve forgotten about in this age of “separation of church and state.” It’s something every politician would do well to remember every day he or she holds office.
What will be the spirit of the person you vote for on November 2nd?