Politics and politicians are really important. They decide what happens to our country and to the people in it. They change the laws that affect us all.
So, it is mind-boggling how easily they can get away with it, if they misuse their position to benefit select few of their friends,
or lie to get the position and then do something else entirely for the next years.
The laws about incarcerating politicians vary by their country,
but in many cases it seems like you need either treason or stealing money directly into your own pocket before you face any judiciary consequences.
If they have other politician friends, it seems to be downright impossible, even if rest of the country and its citizens are on the streets protesting.
I think it should be much easier to fire politicians midterm if they are caught misusing their position or they are caught from blatant lies and are doing opposite of what they say they do.
With great power should come great responsibility.
Not being re-elected is not punishment enough for acting against public interest or lying about your intentions to the people who vote you to the office.
I've met politicians who've openly said that they wanna be single-term politicians and don't care about not being re-elected.
Then they continue to work for laws that make corruption easier, or evading taxes a breeze, or harm many of the common people to benefit a few of their CEO friends,
like selling public institutions to private enterprises, for seemingly no benefit except to privatize for privatization's sake. People hate it, they don't care.
They'll retire in a few years from public and are hugely rewarded by their friends.
The laws to arrest or incarcerate politicians are difficult to execute. Who makes the laws about arresting politicians? Politicians.
Who decides how much corruption is too much corruption? Politicians. Who decides how much politicians get paid? Politicians.
Many of these get their position by lying to the public. When elections come, they all promise this and that to everyone, even if their promises contradict one another.
When they get to power, they can just say, well, I couldn't do it, that's that. And okay, if that really is the case. But promises one makes should be binding.
You have to provide sufficient evidence to the public that you tried to the best of your abilities to pursue these goals.
I am not saying all politicians are bad, but many are. If you are caught lying again and again, giving statements that are false again and again, you should be punished.
Maybe first a public warning, then maybe expelling the politician for a short amount of time, and then firing him from the public office for the rest of the term.
He can try again in the next elections.
Some might say that these actions might deter even honest people from going into politics.
Maybe so, but I think proper laws against politicians who use their position wrongly, or get there by lying to the public and giving false promises,
and truly implementing these laws would be overall beneficiary to any country.
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