I think that politics does attract a higher percentage of unethical dishonest people than some jobs. I also think that there are plenty of people that are just working hard to serve their constituents. You just don't hear about them much in the press.
Political shenanigans and the press's involvement in them have been with us since the beginning of time... it's just that in the beginning, they used rocks and chisels.
I don't think today's political environment is any worse that it was 200 years ago - for example, Andrew Jackson was convinced that politics and the press killed his wife.
I think that we actually need to hold politicians accountable for what they do by voting them out of office - and keeping a closer eye on what's going on rather than believing everything we believe on TV or the radio. Perhaps a little time on CSPAN would be a good thing for everyone.
One current political contest that comes to mind is one close to here over in Dallas (I saw a billboard about it last week). There is a woman running for office who has held her seat in congress for 10 terms. She was the deputy whip at one time. A couple of years ago, it was shown that while sitting as the chairperson of a scholarship committee she gave at least 23 scholarships out to her grandchildren and kids of friends/aides. She claimed she didn't know the rules and promised to pay back the scholarships.
Seriously? The scholarships weren't for very much money but does it matter about the dollar amount?
There is a big billboard in Dallas that shows a quote from President Obama saying that she needs your vote.
There doesn't seem to be penalties in place for anything nowadays. That just seems to make the corruption worse.
You have to start thinking about what DC and the press and the country in general thinks is actually corrupt or unethical. Those rules and morays seem to be changing every day.
One man is censured by congress for yelling out "You Lie" and another Senator received the same penalty for lying and cheating on his taxes for years.
It's a quandry but I don't know given the nature of "human nature" that there is a real solution.
Perhaps a little common sense?