Member Rara Avis
We have no real choice but to pay them.
There are always choices, Denise, even when you don't particularly like them.
Going to jail is just one alternative. Leaving the country is another. Not availing yourself of an opportunity to earn income is yet one more. Stop reaping the benefits and the costs of being an American drop as well. As long as you are reaping the benefits, however, you have to pay the corresponding costs. And, yea, that includes the responsibility for running the country.
Even in a country "of, by and for the people", the people only have so much power and control, and the more corrupt the politicians, the less power the people actually have.
Who, exactly, are those politicians, Denise? Who elected them? If the people only have so much power and control, who has the rest? Dogs? Horses? The only difference between you and George W. Bush is that he ran for office and convinced a whole lot of people he could and would do what they wanted done. He's a people just like you, Denise. He's a citizen, the same as you and I.
People still run the country, Denise. If they don't like the way it's run, if they think the politicians are all corrupt, it's their own fault. They have a choice.