Get there firstest with the mostest. Trust, but verify. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
The second problem is that in a consensus dominated society there is no effective mechanism to avoid sliding into dictatorship once the slide take force. Too few realize, what is happening until it is very late. This was one major factor in the 1930s slide into Nazism.
I haven't and will not read this thread, which is (I am almost sure) just going to be various posters bitching about their pet politician hates.
But I personally think that, in the current federal political framework (and many if not all of the state frameworks, local frameworks, etc), a politicians success has an inverse relationship to how corrupt they are.
IOW, a corrupt politician is a successful politician.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller