A Culture of Corruption

The Secret Service and the General Services Administration [GSA] have dominated headlines this past week. The first of these two agencies, tasked with protecting the president, should be the most professional of all government entities. Yet a number of the agents preparing for Obama’s trip to Colombia decided the best way to spend their time was with prostitutes. Besides the obvious immorality, there is the possible breach of security that could be associated with their foolishness.

Can Obama be blamed for this? Not directly, but one has to wonder how such a culture has flourished under his watch. Remember the incident when a couple waltzed into a White House function without an invitation? That was unprecedented, and the man responsible at the Secret Service is still in his job. Personally, I believe the person at the top sets the standards, and in this case our person at the top has too few of them.

The GSA’s reckless spending is another glaring example of a federal government agency gone wild. The man at the agency who set up all the parties—he himself took over 130 trips and even gave his wife, who is not a government employee, a federal parking space and other perks—just pleaded the Fifth before Congress.

The organization’s lavish Las Vegas “conference” cost close to one million dollars. Videos have surfaced of GSA employees rejoicing over the fact that they seem to spend more time partying than working. Why did they think they could get away with this?

Of course, they have another outstanding example to follow:

It’s a culture of corruption, and it’s pandemic. When a nation, by and large, rejects God’s laws and Biblical morality, this is where it ends up. Can it be reversed? I refuse to give up hope. Where there are faithful people who take God’s standards seriously, there is always hope. The real question is, and always has been, whether there are enough of those people to make the difference.