David Gergen has been adviser to four U.S. presidents, and recently, he had this to say about the state of politics in America (in telling his relatives):
I try to tell them that the United States is going through a rough patch: the rise of lots of problems that we have allowed to fester over the years now coming to a head just when our politics are polarized, poisoned and paralyzed. Moreover, there is almost no one in high places who commands the full trust of the country — from the White House to Wall Street, from Congress to the media.
Polarization, partisanship, and paralysis must stop. And I totally agree – it will take someone who commands the full trust of the country. Otherwise I fear the country inching towards something similar to what happened in an India parliament not too long ago – eventually leading to a madman taking over (because the madman will have the preconditions to manufacture total trust). That is what history has taught us.