The political institution of the United States is full of hypocrite and corrupt politicians who pretend to be sincere with their office and position but deep inside all they see is money. Politics for such politicians is a business where they invest to get in the office and when they reach there, they use illegal means to accumulate wealth with the help of power that the ordinary Americans entrust them.
As the FBI has been assigned with the task of investigating these cases of corruption, one case that has been recently highlighted is that of the youngest mayor in the history of Stockton. Mayor Michael Tubbs comes from the city of Stockton. After finishing high school, Tubbs attended Stanford University and returned to his hometown after graduation to pursue a career in politics. Tubbs successfully became the youngest council member of the town at the age of 22 in 2012. Even after an arrest from the City of Stockton police department while serving as a councilman, he ran for the office of Mayor in 2016 and became the first black and youngest mayor of Stockton.
Mayor Tubbs is now running for re-election but is facing a hard time with some recent stories that have emerged alleging him to be involved in corruption. Stories were published ‘209 Times’. After this Tubbs risks losing in the re-election as the public has turned against him. The public believes them as there have been instances where Tubbs failed to answer the source of his campaign funding. His staff member Daniel Lopez has denied the allegations made on Tubbs terming them as ‘outright lies’. However, there was credible evidence from the FBI and its sources, that show both Mayor Tubbs and his right hand Daniel Lopez are both subjects of an FBI investigation, relating to the former Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson.
With the publication of these stories against Mayor Tubbs, a chapter from the #1 New Release in Public Affairs book “The Mighty Have Fallen” by Derek Bluford, has come into the limelight. The newly released book is a record of several FBI investigations against the corrupt politicians of the United States. There is a chapter named ‘Stockton’ that narrates the story of an FBI confidential human source that had a meeting with Mayor Tubbs on February 6, 2020. In this meeting, the FBI facilitator asks Mayor Tubbs to give contracts to his company in which Tubbs discussed $35,000 for his re-election camping. The facilitator agrees to give $25,000 to Mayor Tubbs and takes off. Even more troubling is the video recording of the former mayor Kevin Johnson, having a phone discussion with Daniel Lopez and requesting the deal by stating “I would not usually say this, but I am in a rush, so no beating around the bush. Quid Pro Quo. We need a contract with the city. What do you need?”
Mayor Tubbs is just one of the many alleged corrupt parasites present in the politics of the United States. The good thing in Tubbs's case is that social media has contributed largely to spread awareness among the public and the people showed their power. The politicians go into their big offices by the vote of the public and when they enter they forget about those who have given them power and instead serve for own-selves. Public offices are used to make money from illegal sources where the public gives huge taxes to provide these politicians with salaries. The United States claims to be a corruption-free country while deep inside the country is full of people like Tubbs. The Mighty Have Fallen narrates stories of several other Tubbs and provides the public with an understanding of the very self of their chosen representatives. It is important to have the knowledge that this book provides so that our politicians could be judged better.