On Sunday night we were playing Apples to Apples with a bunch of people. One young man chose "politicians" as the winning card to go with something like "corrupt" or "sleazy". I hate this attitude in folks, and specially in young people. By the very nature of American politics, those interested in going into service are motivated by doing just that, serving. It is undeniable that once great power or wealth is achieved in any field, corruption is a temptation, however, unlike service, corruption is not endemic to politicians' very nature.
Robert A. Heinlein wrote his "THIS I BELIEVE" in 1952, in which he states:
"I believe that almost all politicians are honest ... there are hundreds of politicians, low paid or not paid at all, doing their level best without thanks or glory to make our system work. If this were not true we would never have gotten past the 13 colonies.
"I believe in Rodger Young. You and I are free today because of endless unnamed heroes from Valley Forge to the Yalu River. I believe in -- I am proud to belong to -- the United States. Despite shortcomings from lynchings to bad faith in high places, our nation has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history."
I think that's true.