One almost despairs when reading people's comments about the White House scandals. The obvious take-away is that the state is too powerful, and in particular the Office of the President. But that's not what people are saying. Instead, they're saying that the problem is that the president is too weak. He's Chance the Gardener. He votes present. He lets subordinates run the show.
It's what they used to say in Tsarist Russia. It's true that the Governor is a crook. The tax collector is a rogue. The minister is evil. "If only the Tsar knew!"