Are U.S. Political and Economic Systems Ethically Challenged?

By Winnie Eke

We often hear of jokes about Nigerian tricks to riches. With the recent indictments of former Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, New York Assemblyman Sheldon Silver and Congressman Grimes, it is sad that people in the United States still think there is no corruption here.

Eke march blogAs Juan Cole indicated in his publication, the U.S. has a serious problem with both legal and illegal corruption. Most of the corruption centers on those with wealth and political power. Elections in the United States are questionable. People wonder if those elected are there to represent them. No wonder voter turn-out is bad, especially in the non-presidential cycle. The army of lobbyist from the corporate world and interest groups flood politicians with money and speak to who the “elected’ politicians are working for.

We see the names and faces of those who defrauded the SNAP or food stamp program, yet not one CEO has been charged or indicted for crashing the economy in 2008. With all the ethical challenges in the U.S., why is America quick to list the most corrupt nations while excluding itself?

As a noted Nigerian author wrote, “Things have fallen apart and the center cannot hold.” Perhaps the U.S. should not throw stones while living in a glass house.

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