Concentrated power in any form will corrupt any institution. What's wrong with U.S. politics? Great op-ed in the NYT: the <a href="http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/the-unraveling-of-government/?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fopinion%2Findex.jsonp">two-party system</a> and the ideological circus that surrounds it. There's no hope to ever elect pragmatic, non-ideological representatives as long as those entities have supplanted our democratic institutions. There's definitely a time for ideology (e.g., dismantling Jim Crow) but not when it's a tool to grab and maintain power over the populace.