Patriotism Lost - Many Of Our Most Important Leaders Are Selling Us Out!

Over the past forty years, power, money and greed have corrupted our elected government officials at every level.

 

What’s most alarming is that the blatant corruption running rampant in Washington is actually tolerated by the American people. Unfortunately, members of both parties act as if their jobs are nothing more than a big political game. They’re so focused on insulting the other side and getting their own agendas passed that they forget who they’re supposed to be working for: the United States public.

In chapter nine of author J.R. Martin’s eye-opening, Selling U.S. Out, he points out that political scandal and corruption are not new. They’ve always existed. All one has to do is read the news to discover the corruption and greed of the big players of our government—the recent government shutdown is a prime example. Both sides want everything but are unwilling to compromise while the rest of the country is left to suffer through their juvenile temper-tantrum.

J.R. Martin got it right when he stated that:

“neither party represents the interests of the American people since both are controlled by foreign and domestic corporations and special interest groups that provide the majority of their funding…Both parties practice dishonest, divisive politics aimed at dividing and manipulating public opinion instead of seeking to build an honest national consensus on important issues confronting our nation.”

Both parties are destroying America with their shady backroom deals with corporations and lobbyists and constant finger-pointing and blaming of the other party for America’s trouble. Every decision, proposal and argument is nothing more than an attempt to see which side can rack up the most votes. Little care and attention is given to the best interest of the American people.

Political corruption is not new. Here are some examples of other selfish, self-serving ex-congressional representatives who have worked and still are working for lobbyists and corporations for profit, not for the American public. The following have extremely high paying clients (lobbyists, corporations), meaning that the congressmen have been essentially ‘bought off’ to lobby in favor of their clients’ agenda. This is still happening today, and it must not be allowed to continue:

Representative Richard Gephardt – Gephardt Group Government Affairs

  • Total number of clients: 18
  • Total amount clients paid firm: $3,650,000

Senator Trent Lott – Braeux Lott Leadership Group & Patton Boggs LLP

  • Total number of clients: 24
  • Total amount clients paid firm: $6,240,000

Senator Tim Hutchinson – Dickstein Shapiro LLP

  • Total number of clients: 18
  • Total amount clients paid firm: $5,250,000

Wake up America! Washington is selling us out! We need leaders who will place the interests of the public before profits, corporations, and lobbyists! We must hold our elected officials accountable for the deteriorating state of our country. Contact your congressmen and ask them what they’re doing to end the corruption in Washington.

Originally appeared on EconomyinCrisis.org