It’s a sad state of affairs that this corrupt cancer has been allowed to grow in society and gradually overtake any sense of moral values. This article: 12 Words from the Wrong Side of the Law outlines the actions that were once consider illegal, but now are common place. The practices still go on, but now they have sugar coated with the words with the ubiquitous term Lobbyist. Of course the various levels of government and the legal and law enforcement system, who are supposed to admonish any legal wrong doing, are in fact, the ones that are at the core of this wide scale corruption. Lobbyist are hired by corporate or private interests to “court” government politicians, bureaucrats and their agencies, as well as all members of the legal and law enforcement system to accept “favors” in return for doing favors. In other words, you have a “john” (sex trade term) looking for a prostitute. If they can’t get what they want with money, (and there is lots of that) they will use threats and intimidation.
Of course, this process has been gradual, and with political and legal double speak being the norm, society has slowly allowed this insidious monster to creep into their daily lives, where the interests of corrupt corporations and individuals are put ahead of the needs of the individual and society in general. This infiltration has taken place with more rules and laws being passed that favor corporations, and other self-interest factions, while limiting personal freedom. This “lobbying” applies to every aspect of society, and no sector, not even religion, is immune.