Back in my younger daze, I smoked copious amounts of marijuana. It was always there, always available. I treated it like it was legal.
I wonder if corruption is the same way. You get so used to it that after a while it just seems normal and not illegal at all. Maybe that’s why politicians who get indicted on corruption charges get so indignant. After decades of doing it, maybe they see it as normal, and thus become outraged that someone could accuse them of being crooked.
Or maybe they’re just skilled liars.