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    Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its culture?

    With the recent focus on data mining of Americans, many are making comparisons to the Nixon era Watergate scandal. In fact, it seems any political scandal involving the White House typically gets the suffix "-gate" added to the name often by whichever political party is the opposition to the White House at the time in order to associate the scandal with Watergate. I'm listening to a talk radio show right now chronicling the details of Watergate and its making me think, which of the two major parties has a greater level of corrupt tendencies in its culture, DNA and history?

    I hope this doesn't come across as implying either party overwhelmed by a lack of integrity but simply on the thankfully rare instances when corrupt behavior and tendencies do occur, is it more likely to be democrat or Republican.

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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Both have proven they are corrupt, hence our debt. People can point fingers all they like, but both parties have failed America and have shown most only care about just getting re-elected instead of doing what's right.

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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    By philosophy, if not in actual practice, Democrats are much more prone to larger government, which, in and of itself, is corruption; as well as being more prone to additional secondary corruptions.
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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Corruption in America tends to be more regional in it's origins than party dependent. For example the Louisiana delegation to Congress has historically been one of the more corrupt in the Union (sorry Louisianans!) regardless of political affiliation. Likewise you tend to get a high proportion of corrupt officials from very partisan districts where accountability shrinks (think Chicago, Alaska, etc). Real corruption stems from political cultures and environment more than ideology barring of course your truly extreme political brands.

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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Not sure what is meant here by "corrupt". Since Watergate is mentioned and correlation with the current scandals is implied, I presume we are talking about the corruption/abuse of executive power. Which is a perfectly bipartisan failing. One can object that the more libertarian Republicans attempt to reduce this corruption by shrinking the field of executive power, but they were not numerous or influential enough to make a lot of difference, not in the recent decades.

    If "corruption" means the old good graft, the Dems are ahead, but that has more to do with political demographics than any ideological differences. Democratic pols are more likely to lord over vulnerable communities, to be in touch with less savory elements of the unions, etc.

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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Whichever one the person posting is not a supporter of.
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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Whichever one the person posting is not a supporter of.
    I think the very nature of being a politician is synonomous with corruption. Neither party holds a monopoly on it. There have been politicians outed from both sides.

    I do not necessarily think the GOP politicians are any more corrupt than their democrat counter-parts. I do think, however, the democrats are better at keeping it hidden. I mean, a day/week doesn't seem to go by without some GOP politician getting their tit in a wringer.

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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    Not sure what is meant here by "corrupt". Since Watergate is mentioned and correlation with the current scandals is implied, I presume we are talking about the corruption/abuse of executive power. Which is a perfectly bipartisan failing. One can object that the more libertarian Republicans attempt to reduce this corruption by shrinking the field of executive power, but they were not numerous or influential enough to make a lot of difference, not in the recent decades.

    If "corruption" means the old good graft, the Dems are ahead, but that has more to do with political demographics than any ideological differences. Democratic pols are more likely to lord over vulnerable communities, to be in touch with less savory elements of the unions, etc.
    I would define it as something that could get an elected official impeached or sent to jail at worse or is unethical at the least.

    Interesting I've noticed a few replies that seem to define corruption as non-compliance with their political ideology.
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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    The Democrats. Republicans are just slower about getting there.

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    Re: Which major politic party has greater degree of corrupt tendencies in its cultur

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Whichever one the person posting is not a supporter of.


    To be perfectly honest, my experiences on discussion boards has given me much insight into human perceptions of wrong and right and our ability as people to remain objective to the extent that I have completely lost faith human beings' ability to impartially serve on a jury. With rare exceptions I don't think very many many people are capable of objectively looking at a situation and rendering a fair opinion without it being skewed by their existing biases, be they political, cultural, whatever.
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