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Standards and Expectations In American society most of us have good health enough to eat and a roof over our heads We take for granted that we have a system of laws and regulations to deal with any eventuality Our system is based on the assumption that free people will be honest in government This is its greatest strength and its greatest weakness In my mind it does not take into consideration those people that see this as a self-serving opportunity They either do not understand or do not care that distorting the system for their own ends will inevitably lead to a collapse of the system These corruptions run the gamut from giving a friend a break at the DMV by erasing a traffic violation so he can get lower rates not doing what you know is right for someone because you dont like their attitude that morning right up to kickbacks for giving a service not earned The Ive got mine and Hell Ill be dead by the time that hurts anyone attitude has become commonplace Human society has had corrupt politicians for as long as we have had government The system in America is no different From Tammany Hall to the IranContra scandal we have dealt with and overcome these setbacks Even so our democracy is fragile as it is dependent on the individual honesty of each of its citizens Everybody Does it Everyones doing it thats how things work Its just this little bit they have so much money theyll never notice and my personal favorite they owe me or how about they screwed me and Im getting mine back I am sure you could ad many more It is the multiplication of people that think this way that concerns me here It seems more and more people are jaded and lack faith in our system and each other An open person is seen as a
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