John Kerry has explicitly stated the root of all the problems we have in this world. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland he correctly identified that government corruption fuels crime, violent extremism and disillusionment with society.
“The fact is there is nothing, absolutely nothing, more demoralizing and disempowering to any citizen of any nation than the belief the system is rigged against them and that people in positions of power are — to use a diplomatic term of art — crooks who are stealing the future of their own people; and by the way, depositing their ill-gotten gains in ostensibly legitimate financial institutions around the world,” Kerry said.
Source: Kerry Says Governmental Corruption Fuels Extremism – The New York Times
I hope he recognizes that we, the U.S., need to start fighting this at home and to do this we need to start electing officials that are unwilling to turn an eye to corruption. This isn’t something that is accomplished by pragmatism, this must be driven by idealism.
Back in March of this year a study came out calling Georgia the most corruption prone state in the nation. Those of us living in Georgia have no problem believing that study. In the Metro Atlanta area not a day goes by of some scandal by some government agency in one of the counties or cities.
When we first moved to the area incoming DeKalb county sheriff, Derwin Brown, was murdered in his front yard. The outgoing sheriff, Sidney Dorsey, was later found guilty of orchestrating Brown’s assassination.
In Gwinnett County, where we have lived since 2002, has been especially corrupt in the way land deals have been orchestrated by our school system. And that has proved to be a problem with three county commissioners being indicted on corruption charges. I spoke about one earlier last week.
So it’s no surprise that the AJC is talking about a spike in public corruption cases for the area. There may be some debate over whether corruption is up or enforcement is up but the reality of it is that there is a ton of corruption going on that allows it to become visible when enforcement is actually applied.
Hopefully this spike in corruption being caught and prosecuted will provide the impetus needed to pass the anti-corruption laws that this state sorely needs.