We did not have companies, banks or organizations that were too big to fail companies that grew but within limits that were sustainable and realistic. The opportunity of those big business or labor organizations to affect the outcome of elections by writing huge checks was extremely limited. Oh, for sure, it was done, but not at all in the degree it is today. A lot of millionaires were elected and with a lot of their own money too not labors or management theirs. They were responsible for their own acts and if needed took responsibility for those acts. Not like today where many of our elected officials are found wanting and also have no intention of taking responsibility for their actions unless it will get them votes.
We had elected officials who broke the law and got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. But I don’t remember many of them making themselves millionaires while in office. That means to me there is something way out of whack when a person can get elected on someone else’s money, go in poor come out decades later with money to burn. Congress had the power, not the Executive Branch as it seems to be today. Those who were truly closer way closer to the people who elected them did and should have the power to govern as those who elected them wishes. Government today is way too intrusive and interested more in being re-elected rather than actually doing the job they were elected to do.
There were generally many running for any office, I don’t remember any office in the county, state or federal government that did not have numerous candidates both in the primary and general election. Today, I noticed there are numerous open spaces for elected officials on the local level and not many at all for the minority party of the county. The idea of being a politician seems to have become almost equal to being a criminal only with authority. Politics seems to be a true four letter word one not well received by many.