Political trends are typically ruled by the state of the economy and the interests of politicians, which are often openly supported by the media and the bureaucrats. In recent years, several legal and regulatory reforms have been adopted by many countries to ensure free and fair elections, and financial disclosure has been claimed to prevent political bribery. Yet, even the most striving reforms were often destabilized and taken advantage of, in the name of money and glory.
However, the fundamental factor that governs a nation’s political tendency is what people believe about right and wrong, what they aspire for their lives, what virtues they practice, what responsibilities they undertake, what ideals they shape and what vices they condemn. In other words, the fundamental factor in a well-governed state is moral.
When it comes to politics, immorality is a fundamental notion of the viewpoints of all parties involved. For example, in the US, conservatives oppose abortion defending human rights of the unborn child, but they don’t support social programs that would ensure help for uneducated people. Liberals oppose death penalty on the grounds of diminishing human life, but they support abortion. Obviously, both sides are inconsistent and immoral, yet to their own eyes, they try to do the right thing under the umbrella of politically correct behavior.
The problem is that in a politicized world governed by collective thinking, people typically do not question the purposes or actions of political leaders because they have voted for them. Lying and the distortion of truth become indispensable tactics for the success of political systems. Politicians imply a system of beliefs that establish their judgment on the morality of a situation. This explains the numerous scandals of political corruption in the United States, but also around the world.
Jack Abramoff was found guilty of conspiracy, tax evasion and corruption of public officials; Duke Cunningham pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion; President Bill Clinton was accused for lying about his relations with Monika Lewinsky; President Bill Clinton was investigated for his relation to the Whitewater Development Corporation while he was Governor of Arkansas; Kenneth Lay was found guilty of security fraud and his name was related to the Enron scandal along with the names of 158 Republicans and 100 Democrats in Congress (as of 2001).
Most of the politicians, lobbyists or political allies were found guilty and sentenced for their committed political crimes. Yet, this is only the tip of the iceberg. We all live in an infected moral society that promotes individualism as a result of a totalitarian system of political influence that accepts a total collapse of values. And this is the result of the collapse of the political system that values irresponsibility and selfishness instead of responsible social behavior. State interests considerably overshadow nation’s interests. Often politicians promote the notion that we are who we vote for, fighting for ceasing the cultural, social and ethnic conflicts around the world and having a vision of a better world. But this is not the case at all.
Moral and political issues should be resolved under a new spirit of compromise and cooperation. Politicians should definitely reorganize their principles and reaffirm their values. They should re-establish their links to fundamental spiritual values in order to influence society and politics both in individual and collective level. Spiritual and moral values should be the foundation for new economic, social, spiritual and cultural concerns so that politicians are able to get free from the influence of the media and apply their political systems to the best of the society.
In addition, the role of government in economic activities and its authority should be reduced, while transparency and oversight should be strengthening to improve accountability. If the US government effectively redesigns the terms of employment in public service, then incentive policies would be improved and would mobilize political will for sustained anti-corruption.
To awake in people a new sense of responsibility is an intricate task, especially when political and state interests are being put at stake. However, the moral strength of a society is the reflection of the life of its members and therefore politicians should acquire a brand new perspective on politics.