Ever since man has first walked on the planet Earth, their inborn thirst has resulted into numerous advancements and innovations. These technological and scientific innovations have now reached to paramount heights and converted the world into a much more modernized world than ever before. However, in this epoch of progression, it is also prudent to note that the social and ethical dilemmas have also escalated simultaneously at an unprecedented rate. Corruption is amongst the issues that has been witnessed to be growing at a constant pace and has become a problem on a global basis (Grossman xi-xiii).
While discussing the concept of ‘corruption’, the first thing that comes to the mind of the general public is third world countries. Even though the underdeveloped countries are highly associated with corruption, it does not mean that the developed or urbanized nations are free from it. Recent reports and investigations have brought the fact into the limelight that high levels of corruption has contaminated a wide range of countries including both highly developed nations as well as third world nations with its infections. According to the statistical records, more than two third of the globe is infected with corruption at different levels of government (Grossman xi-xiii).
Money laundering, fraud in the voting system, bribery, and misuse of power are few of the general factors on which the level of corruption within the public sector of a country is measured. On the basis of the mentioned aspects, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea, and Somalia have been recorded as the most corrupt countries of the world. However, taking the United States into consideration, generally this highly developed nation seems to be free from corruption, but, in reality, it is been ranked in the list of corrupt nations according to analysts. Indeed, corruption has emerged as a growing threat in the United States that is rapidly infecting different sectors of the country (Genovese & Farrar-Myers 1-15).
Bribery, secret businesses, exploitation of power, and various other forms of misconduct have been identified as the most widespread and common elements of corruption being practiced at the governmental levels within different states of the country. These forms of transgression have been observed at different levels of government, ranging from local public offices to national level of government, which has now embedded into the entire system. In addition, the ever growing issue of organized crime and drug trafficking is also adding on to the problems of corruption in the U.S. on different levels (Genovese & Farrar-Myers 37-64).
According to various analysts and experts, the U.S. government has portrayed negligent and careless attitudes in controlling the issue of money laundering in the recent times. Money laundering has largely contributed to the issue of corruption in the country for which analysts have castigated the government (Genovese & Farrar-Myers 37-64).
The constantly and rapidly growing media coverage has also immensely contributed to the issue of corruption. This is particularly because the media coverage has taken the attention of the elected officials, who are more involved in getting fame and prominence instead of having their core focus on serving the people for which they have been elected. Making money and career through media coverage has become the prime motives of the elected officials in the current times due to which the officials overlook their terms of service (Drew 98-130).
While taking into account the level and intensity of corruption within the United States, it is not limited to one or two states, but, several states have been examined to be contaminated by toxic levels of corruption. Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, Georgia, and District of Columbia are amongst the corrupted states of the nation. From the analysis, it has been recognized that hundreds of government employees within the mentioned states are likely to practice different forms of corruption (such as bribery, receiving gifts, and so on). In fact, thousands of government officials over years have also been condemned and found guilty for practicing corruption related activities for which many of them have also been sentenced to jail (Drew 98-130).
Corruption not only devastates the overall infrastructure and economic situation of the country, but, the taxpayers also come under its dramatic impacts. The increasing levels of corruption are only fading the economy of the country, as the government officials are being observed to be negligent in cutting down the spending. As an outcome of it, the relationship of the U.S. with other countries of the world is also being adversely affected. Moreover, this grave issue has also led the country to accumulate huge debts that have never been observed in the history of the U.S. (Genovese & Farrar-Myers 305-328).
Even though the American society is crammed with numerous laws that are applicable to the entire population of the country, but, it seems like the country is turning out to be more anarchic day by day. The high levels of increasing corruption at government levels are also increasing the levels of dissatisfaction of the general public with their political leaders, U.S. government system, and its effectiveness. This is because people have realized the fact that the government is doing less for the people and more for their personal benefits. In fact, increasing numbers of people are losing their confidence on the government and the system that it will be of no use in solving the issues the country is encountering (Genovese & Farrar-Myers 305-328).
The intensity of corruption on government level has been deep rooted into the entire system in a way that it seems almost impossible to repair the damage that has been caused. Everything the government officials do seems to look like as if the problems are only worsening that cannot be fixed at all. However, according to the press release of various analyses and reports, if the activities of corruption within the policing, justice system, political parties, and all the other levels of the government are controlled, then the country can lead to the prevention of the occurrences of corruption. Corruption has threatened the democratic system of the country; hence, elimination of this grave issue is the only viable solution that can characterize the American society with honesty and corruption-free government officials (Drew 98-130).
To put the entire dissertation in a nut shell, it can be concluded that increasing levels of corruption is overwhelmingly affecting people and diverse countries across the globe. Indeed, the constantly escalating issue of corruption has also enveloped the U.S. government (one of the highly urbanized regions) under its dramatic impacts. Incompetent and extremely corrupt government officials are the result of intense corruption within the country, which simply indicates that the government officials have lost their integrity and honesty with the people and the country. However, strictly controlling the activities of corruption at different levels of government can facilitate in making a corruption free country.
Drew, Elizabeth. The corruption of American politics: what went wrong and why. USA: Overlook Press, 2000. Print.
Genovese, Michael A. & Farrar-Myers, Victoria A. Corruption and American Politics. USA: Cambria Press, 2010. Print.
Grossman, Mark. Political Corruption in America: An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power, and Greed. USA: ABC-CLIO, 2003. Print.