The things I have seen, I'm surprised my eyeballs don't explode and my hair burst into flames.
I have mentioned I know an 84-year-old man who spent his life as a political consultant and who told me decades ago he's only met one honest politician - all the rest had money, sex and drug problems. Mostly they have money problems. This has been the history of the world.
I have found my friend is right. Mostly they're greedy for money, even the rich ones. They're gluttons for money! money! money! The Bushes are very rich, have never worked a day in their lives, and yet Dubya was caught many times skirting the law and sometimes violating it to get political donations. The Clintons are the same. Trump, being a multi-billionaire, doesn't have this problem. That right there is a big plus for him.
It's got to the point - and has been for a long time - that you have to be rich to run for office. And then when politicians get in office they want to become even richer, richer, richer! Enough is never enough for them. "Enough is as good as a feast"? Don't make me laugh.
The Founding Fathers did not want political office be be places of profit. Almost all of them wrote about that several times. They thought the worst people were attracted to politics if money was involved. They were right.
I have found, if you want to understand people, look to the Seven Deadly Sins. I've written about that several times.
Greed, Pride, Gluttony, and all the rest - politicians show all of them in exaggerated form. I also think deceit and fear should be added to the Seven Deadly Sins. The Bible, upon which the West was founded, is full of proscriptions about not lying and not being afraid.
All politicians lie and use people's fear of things to get elected. And most people fall for it every time.
The history of the world has been class warfare between the Haves and the Have-nots (read the New Testament sometime to see what Jesus said about the Haves of his time). It has brought down society after society in bloodshed and destruction. The U.S. has avoided that except for the War Between the States, which was about money more than anything else - the wealthy in the industrial North trying to economically exploit the agrarian South.
The people at the socio-economic top created horrendous problems for everyone else (the people at the bottom cause a lot of violent crime). But together both of them are responsible for about 99% of the problems in the world. All you have to do is look around.
Many of them - top and bottom - are criminals.
After all, St. Paul did write, "the love [actually 'lust'] of money is the root of all evil." Not money, but the lust for it. He was right about that.
Kakistocracy - rule by the worst people in government