Abramoff Case Study

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1. Do you think Abramoff’s success as a lobbyist supports the idea that politicians are corrupt or easily corruptible? I believe that Abramoff’s success story supported the idea that politicians are easily corruptible. Because of the difficulties of being successful in politics due to high competition from possibly corrupt competitors, they are tempted to take the unethical route. Furthermore, being exposed to such a corrupt environment and seeing the immoral actions of others, politicians are likely to follow what others do. This would make them think that they are not breaking any laws or being corrupt in any way since they would not stop to think about their actions. They can easily justify themselves by pointing out how they are not much…show more content…
Although the system is indeed very corrupt, they still have the choice to take whatever path they want. They do not have to follow the route that other takes to achieve success and they do not have to take a part in the political system. Therefore, blaming the system on their faults are merely excuses for them to justify their actions. Furthermore, if we blame the system then no one will ever reflect on their actions. They will always have accepted excuse to society that take the blame away from themselves. This will prevent any sort of change towards a less corrupt system from taking place in the future. 3. If the system is fundamentally flawed, is it fair for individual lobbyists or politicians to pay the price? I believe that it is fair for them to pay the price of their actions. They were not forced into breaking the law and cheating. They do have the choice to maintain their distance from the political system and not participate. It is not absolutely necessary for them to follow the unethical rules in the system. If politicians do not pay the price of their actions, they may believe that the unethical things that they do are acceptable. There would be nothing to stop them from continuing to be corrupt and instead the decision to be unethical will become easier and easier as they become used to doing it. 4. Do you think that a Decision-Making Process (like the one we discussed in Chapter 36) would have helped? Why or why
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