[Op Ed] Why a Corrupt Politician Is Worse Than an Immoral One

By Rev. Dr. Joseph D’souza for Christian Post

The U.S. is now days from electing its next president.

Besides being among the most controversial the U.S. has probably ever seen, this political season has also eroded the faith of Americans in their government. In September, Gallup published the results of a study on the trust American’s have in their political leaders. The results were just a further confirmation of what most people have already publicly expressed: only 42 percent of Americans have some level of trust at all in political leaders. This represented a new historical low and a drop of more than 20 percentage points since 2000.

At the heart of this dissatisfaction is one candidate’s clear track-record of immoral behavior and the other candidate’s ever-surfacing links to questionable business dealings and political favors. Speaking objectively, neither of these qualities are positive. Both are destructive and even — in some respects — related to each other. Yet, in terms of electing a president, accusations of corruption carry greater consequences than accusations of immorality.

The reason for this conclusion is quite straightforward: while immorality destroys the reputation of an individual, corruption not only erodes the individual, but the governing system as a whole.

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