Surveys, polls, polls and surveys - so many have been so wrong when it comes to President Trump and the outcome of his actions and policies.  It's a wonder why we pay any attention at all any more.  But we do, and here is another one.

A new survey from the University of Chicago Harris School for Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a majority of Americans believe that major structural changes are needed in the federal government.
54 percent said major changes are needed, and another 12 percent said the system should be completely replaced, while just under one-third said only minor changes or no changes are needed.

61 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans want major changes, while political independents were twice as likely as members of the two parties to say the entire government system needs to be replaced.

Think about that.  A major breach of trust with our government.  Why?  Replaced with what?  In 1947 Sir Winston Churchill said, "Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

So, is there a better way to run a democracy?  Maybe we need better people?

Perhaps the problem or frustrations come not from the flaws of the system, but from the behavior of those charged with operating the system.  Swamp dwellers, people of poor character and an irresponsible national press which has abdicated it objectivity and ethics all have lead to a an angry and often misinformed public.  The system seems broken when it's really the people who are.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Case in point is the Mueller investigation in general and now in specific, how the Democrats are reacting to the Attorney General's memos and testimony regarding the Mueller report.  The charges sound plausible - Nobody is above the law- and yet there is always a hidden agenda and motivation.  Look for the pressure and discrediting to build as AG William Barr turns the tables and starts to investigate the investigators.

The Politico reports on Barr's next moves as the Democrats call for his head.

"We've got to get to the bottom of how all this started. The American people have a right to know how this investigation even began. And as the attorney general said when he testified before Congress, there was spying. We need to understand why there was, whether there was a sufficient predicate. We really need to get to the bottom of how this all began and if there was a violation of the rules, if the law was broken, the people that were responsible need to be held accountable,” he said."

Accountability is what we want and it's what has been lacking for decades. That lack of accountability has turned people off to the system leading to thoughts of a need to try something else.

Back to the survey, 70 percent said they feel they have too little power and influence in Washington, and they believe important issues are being mishandled. On those issues, 73 percent said the government isn't effectively addressing income inequality, 62 percent said the same about climate change, 61 percent for ensuring access to health care, and 54 percent for reducing crime.

Problems with the behavior of the players in our system gave rise to the opportunity for Trump and Trump is just what's needed to drain the swamp and give our system the chance to operate as it was intended.


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