When did those running for office, whatever that office is, forget that the government is to be representatives and servants to the public?
When did seeking power, position and authority outweigh the interests in service to their fellow citizens?
I think the answer to the second question may be easier to come up with than the first one. In my opinion, that which corrupts government officials is the influence of big money and the lure of power.
When those in office truly return to humility and service to others, we will all benefit, and they will truly deserve our honor and respect.