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Basically because your idea (assassination of corrupt politician) undermines rather than reinforces the rule of law. Usually the definition of corruption includes some kind of illegal activity. Otherwise it's just stuff you don't like for personal moral reasons. And if everyone started to use assasination to solve their moral differences... the basis of the (...


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Interestingly, avoiding this is one of the reasons that the United States Constitution provides means for legal impeachment of the president. Dr. Franklin was for retaining the clause [on impeachment], as favorable to the executive. History furnishes one example only of a first magistrate being formally brought to public justice. Every body cried out ...


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Wikipedia: Impeachment in the United States - Constitutional Provisions Article I, Section 2, Clause 5 provides: The House of Representatives ... shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. Article I, Section 3, Clauses 6 and 7 provides: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, ...


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The US President can receive clothing as a gift. They, along with the Vice President, are pretty much the only federal employees who can accept substantial gifts, even if they come from 'prohibited sources', as long as it comes from a member of the American public; receiving gifts from foreign governments/officials without the consent of Congress is ...


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Yes, this would be illegal. If you're a public official, you can't offer an official act (like permits) in exchange for anything of value (like campaign donations). See 18 U.S. Code § 201. Bribery of public officials and witnesses: Whoever [...] being a public official, former public official, or person selected to be a public official, otherwise than as ...


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The problem you are running into is the conflation of "lobbying" and "special interests." Lobbying, at its most basic form, is attempting to influence a representative to vote a certain way. An election is really nothing more than a special case of lobbying - only instead of influencing a representative, you are attempting to influence all voters. A "...


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Trump is, as he often is, speaking in a manner that conveys no clear meaning. Taking his phrasing literally, he is discussing Exxon sending $25m to him personally, for the purpose of him spending it in his campaign. But it can also be taken as an imprecisely worded description of Exxon sending $25m to his campaign. A politician's campaign and the politician ...


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The question is whether the politician is corrupt or the whole society is corrupt. Often most corrupt politicians belong to corrupt societies. Therefore, if you kill a corrupt politician, another one will take their place. The same thing happens with drug traffickers: whenever a cartel falls, another one takes control of the vacuum left behind because the ...


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Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an "adviser" or "consultant". Trump says this a loophole that must be closed. I couldn't find anything on this specifically. 2.The Republican candidate wants a five-year ban preventing government officials who have recently departed the government from ...


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Suppose, as per the premise of the question, that the public is fond of sponsoring assassinations. A clever corrupt politician could use that to his own advantage, and the nation's detriment: A politician could weaponize the state's propaganda system to mold public resentment toward prominent reformers, so that the gullible public could be wrongly ...


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If the House of Representatives impeaches, and the Senate convicts, then the President is removed from office. There is no discretion on that point. The Senate may, on top of this, choose to ban the President from holding any federal office in the future. If they choose not to, there is nothing to prevent him from running for a second term as he would ...


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Trump primarily appealed to his audience by stating what it wanted to hear. He said he'd 'drain the swamp' of all the lobbyists who had hurt the country’s working class. To the best of my knowledge, he didn't get much more specific than that except: He also said he would impose a lifetime ban on top executive administration staff from lobbying ‘on behalf of ...


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The frugality rules referred to in the article are also known as the Eight-point Regulation enacted in 2012. Here is an official summary of the key points. I've emphasized main topics in bold. Leaders must keep in close contact with the grassroots. They must understand the real situation facing society through in-depth inspections at grassroots. Greater ...


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Apart from whether your approach would be conducive to justice or a better political system or even just any improvement whatsoever — it will not work. Do you think you are the first one who has the idea to kill the president or other politicians? They are quite well protected, and after the first few incidents the protection will be watertight. But ...


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NBC has the order of events/statements a bit more clearly outlined In a recent interview, Clinton didn't mention Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii by name, but said she believes one candidate is "the favorite of the Russians." Asked if the former secretary of state was referring to Gabbard, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, ...


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Zero electors who were supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton voted for Donald Trump instead. So no electors could have been persuaded by Russia (or anyone) to switch to Donald Trump, because that simply didn't happen. The reason why the electoral college differed from the popular vote is due to the structure of the electoral college. The electoral ...


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I work in the German public administration system, so I might be able to give some insight into how Germany tries to prevent corruption among its civil servants. It is not just the German mentality itself, but rather the structures which result from it. Civil servants ("Beamte") are treated very well. They get paid well, have a great pension plan and it is ...


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Letting aside the ethics, who gets to decide who is corrupt? Taking the USA's political state since 2015-2016, i.e. the last POTUS election we have: a large proportion of US voters who believe Hillary Clinton is corrupt. a large proportion of US voters who believe Donald Trump is corrupt. It could be that they are both corrupt. Or that neither is corrupt....


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What a thoughtful and concise question. The report you are seeking is the 293 page, "MEASURING THE QUALITY OF GOVERNMENT AND SUBNATIONAL VARIATION". The report was produced by the research team at the Quality of Government Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg Sweden for the European Commission, Directorate-General ...


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There are primarily two reasons: competitiveness and corruption. Competitiveness You did hit the nail on the head - part of the reason is competitiveness. Public offices compete with private jobs for the same people. In order for public office to be an attractive prospect, the salary needs to be competitive with the kinds of jobs they would be able to ...


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For context: The video in question showed Strache and a colleague of his with a woman purporting to be the niece of a Russian oligarch. She promised to influence the election in their favor, and in turn wanted to gain work orders from the state, as well as take over a popular, far-right news paper which could then further help the FPÖ in the election. ...


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The problem with the lobbying is that people choose their representatives to represent the interests of the voters. Each voter has the same importance, when choosing the representative. But once the representative is chosen, he/she may be influences by some group, to make him/her treat the interests of that group with higher priority than the interests of ...


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It is hard to evaluate the corruption in each countries. What we could use is the CPI (Corruption Perceptions Index). According to the list, the 5 least corrupted countries are: Denmark: had a Blasphemy law until June 2017 (link) New Zealand: has a "Blasphemy libel" law still valid (link) Finland: has a valid Blasphemy law (link) Sweden: does not ...


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First of all, what's the problem you're trying to solve? You want better government? Then consider that corruption may not be as big a problem as incompetence, ideology or partisanship, in some societies. So you kill all the corrupt politicians, but leave the incompetent, ideologically-driven, hyper-partisan ones in place. You may not have solved the ...


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The British Empire controlled many different territories under different rules, and the rules changed over time as well. The Indian Councils Act 1861 was an early step towards involving Indians in the administration of India. It fell far short of granting independence, but it gave some Indians some role in politics. Acts in 1892, 1909, and 1919 gave ...


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What is HCQ? Let's back up and consider the history of hydroxychloroquine(HCQ). It's primarily a drug used in treating Malaria. The best description I've heard of how it works is this Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine actually slow down parts of a patient’s immune system by “interfere with lysosomal activity and autophagy, interact with membrane stability ...


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Yes, there is one way to do it. And, barring police state, only one reliable effective way, considering the fact that humans respond to incentives and cost/benefit ratios present a very powerful incentive. The way to do it is very simple: Lobbying is asking the government to use its power in a way beneficial to a specific individual/organization. The ...


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This 2010 article at nobribe.org claims Measurement of Corruption thus far, has been limited to measuring perception of Corruption [...] Various approaches to measure Corruption directly may be suggested based on how other intractable quantities are measured. One such model to measure petty Corruption based on Inflation, is discussed [...]. (The latter ...


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The question is titled: Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman [to kill corrupt] politicians? Well, from a moral standpoint, it's wrong. It depends on your yardstick for corruption, but let's say as you imply it's some run of the mill embezzling/defruading the state. You've implied a benchmark of: whenever politicians became too shameless in their ...


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From Politico's "Clinton says Russia is backing Gabbard": “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and they’re grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said in an interview for Plouffe’s Campaign HQ podcast. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have ...


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