Political scandals seem to be popping up in the news constantly lately, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The public’s trustworthiness and patience towards their elected officials has been decreasing significantly, and many have lost hope of any change of an honest politician that puts the people first. It’s not just scandals that are the issue, often times there are backdoor deals and many things that do not end up becoming scandals, because they never end up being found out. Gridlock in Washington and in Politics can be frustrating, especially since voting in new representatives seem to offer little use.
Political scandals are hard to define with an exact definition. Although there is no set criteria for what qualifies something as a poltiical scandal, there is some broad criteria. As you can imagine anything that is released that involves the breaking of any laws will immediately become a large political scandal. Additionally sexual scandals are also quite common, particularly those of former President Bill Clinton and Rep Anthony Weiner. Both of their sexual scandals blew up into national headlines, becoming huge political scandals. The political scandal definition can be broad however, and can include many other potential acts, whether illegal or not. For something to become a scandal it does not necessarily have to had been an illegal act, although many times it is. Political scandals can broadly be defined as anything a politician would not want the public to know about their tenture in office, that is eventually leaked to the public in some way. Leaks of information that was not supposed to become public has been a more common political scandal in recent years.
There have been countless scandals, in fact a search online for political scandals will bring up huge lists of both Federal as well state State and local political scandals throughout the year. In 2014 there has already been some discussion of various scandals of Governors, and of course Obama. The Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare has led to so much debate its tough to argue against it being called a scandal. Obama is believed to have known the website would end up not working, and to have known that people would lose their coverage, but went ahead with his own political agenda anyway. It is unfair to just pick out Obama however, as politicians from both parties are guilty or malpractice.