Corruption in Government

4689 words 19 pages
Corruption in Leadership: Public Service and Government Cynthia Klecha

Corruption throughout the world is extensive. Corruption is defined as the twisting of integrity. A corrupt individual is an opponent of the truth; their virtues and ethics are deficient. In the United States, people in all positions of private district, public assistance, and government bureaus have been entangled in varieties of corruption. Corruption crimes include bribes, insider trading, patronage, embezzlement, electoral fraud, kickbacks, unholy alliances, conflicts of interest and several others. Corruption is a weapon that demoralizes the credibility of public
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Leaders representing the country continue to abuse their power for both political agendas and private gain. Politicians have used governmentally corrupt resources to accrue wealth and to retain their authority in office. Political corruption often combines both power and gain for the corrupt official. Political dishonesty and fraud has reared its ugly face in the form of politicians themselves and also with those involved in the campaign of that official. Corruption in this political realm does not discriminate between people in high positions in office or a lower status employee’s involvement. Politicians and governmental officials who use and mishandle their grasp on control by pocketing a bribe or receiving something of use to them from a private division or businessman in return for something else is political corruption. Some officials extract public funds and have used it for those same purposes—power and wealth. This is found in the form of playing favoritism and patronizing in the political world. Governmental officials over the many decades have contributed their share of corruption throughout the country. The government of the United States of America is vulnerable to the effects of authoritative lawmaking officials. Public servants have a duty to watch over their interests with integrity and loyalty to the citizens of this country. When an official goes against that obligation it undermines the integrity of all public officials.


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