I think one of the hardest things most people need to grasp is the equation of politician=money.
Politicians either start their own lobbies or work for one. When you go on the OpenSecrets website and look for lobbies the one at the top of the list is Patton-Boggs. This is a lobby that both Democrats and Republicans work for." the lead lawyer for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign (read
our "5 Minutes With..." interview with Ginsberg), as well as former
Democratic Senator John Breaux and former Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott. Associates described the firm as offering a “revolving door” between government and law." The Inside View - Patton Boggs LLP
What really got me interested in this and I guess I woke up late in the game, is President Obama's promises and the way he governs being two separate things. He made certain promises that he didn't carry out or just plain avoided, and I wondered why that would be? A lot of us thought that he would go with an F.D.R. style first 100 days in office. He is obviously no different than any other politician, however, when he first ran on a platform of change, he created a profile of being different. Turns out he's not. People like to blame Congress for the no progress agenda and there's no shortage of blame to go around but, nothing is going to get done because there's no incentive to do anything. Unless someone has the courage to get rid of lobbies and in turn, get the corruption out of government.
My thinking is that an anti corruption party would work in uniting people. Some of the estimates are 40% of the American people don't vote. When I talk to people about why they don't vote, it's not only that they think their vote doesn't count, it's that they feel they are voting for criminals that don't care.
So there is this vicious cycle, of the revolving door in politics, that some people know that politicians don't give a damn about them. Until this stops, nothing's going to change. That will take some kind of revolution, that will probably very ugly.
One person I know who is running on an anti-corruption platform is Alexei Navalny in Russia. He was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison, but was freed due to the amount of protest from the people taking place.
Google this: American politicians running on anti corruption platform.
See what you get.