Corrupt is as corrupt does

Corruption hurts us all!Have you ever noticed how there is a strong sense of "us" and "them" when most people think or talk about the government? It's like they believe that politicians immediately become different and some how distinct from us as soon as they are elected. In addition, they prefer to blame all of our problems on "the government," again as if we didn't elect them. And while they live better than most of us, they still live among us.

In an editorial in the Caribbean Business, Francisco Javier Cimadevilla, offers his opinion, 'Sorry, no, we don't do business that way!' The editorial is aimed at companies that are approached by politicians to become involved in corruption. Now this a noble sentiment, however it reeks of hypocrisy.

It is common knowledge that the majority of the publishers of Puerto Rico's newspapers and magazines will not print "news" about companies or events for which they do not receive advertising. This practice is nothing but an abuse of power. By wielding a partial and biased editorial position, these publishers, with Casiano Communications chief among them, are guilty of corruption. So let's not kid ourselves, corruption is corruption, whether it is millions or pennies. It is still wrong, and one can not choose which corruption is acceptable and which is not.

In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, then President Abraham Lincoln gave what is perhaps the greatest speech ever. To conclude his speech, he ended with
"... government of the people, by the people, for the people, ..." So I ask you, when the leaders of some of most important companies and some of our ordinary citizens commit corruption, is it any surprise that our politicians are corrupt? Corruption is as corruption does.

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