There's an old joke that been around forever, How do you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving.

Politicians rank below used car salesmen in the trustworthy, honest category. At the bottom of the list.

This first one is old

Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions

This second one is new, 2021 as it shows only 12% of all Americans have a great deal or Quite a lot of confidence in congress.

I'll also throw this in for the heck of it.

Why Americans Don’t Fully Trust Many Who Hold Positions of Power and Responsibility

As for Trump, his about as political blind as one can get. He was one lucky SOB to be matched up against Hillary Clinton in 2016. I'm positive almost any other Democrat would have trounced him. But as a friend of mine described the 2016 election, it was an election between the devil we didn't know, Trump, a businessman, TV show host, no one had any idea how he would govern vs. the devil we knew, Hillary Clinton. Everyone knew exactly how she would govern. Perhaps Hillary was too well known.

We chose the devil we didn't know over the devil we did. I think he summed up 2016 acturately. 2016 just matched up the two most unliked, unwanted candidates in our history. Here.take a look at the presidential candidates favorable/unfavorable ratings.

Highest to lowest favorable/unfavorable ratings of each major party presidential candidate.
1956 Eisenhower 84/12%
1964 LBJ 81/13%
1976 Carter 81/16%
1960 JFK 80/14%
1960 Nixon 79/16%
1968 Nixon 79/22%
1976 Ford 79/20%
1972 Nixon 76/21%
1968 Humphrey 72/28%
1984 Reagan 70/30%
1980 Carter 68/32%
1984 Mondale 66/34%
1980 Reagan 64/31%
1992 Bill Clinton 64/33%
2008 Obama 62/35%
2012 Obama 62/37%
1956 Stevenson 61/31%
2004 G.W. Bush 61/39%
2008 McCain 60/35%
1992 G.H.W. Bush 59/40%
2000 G.W. Bush 58/38%
2004 Kerry 57/40%
1996 Bill Clinton 56/42%
1988 G.H.W. Bush 56/39%
2000 Gore 55/43%
2012 Romney 55/43%
1972 McGovern 55/41%
1996 Dole 54/45%
1988 Dukakis 53/42%
2020 Biden 52/46%
1964 Goldwater 43/47%
2020 Trump 43/56%
2016 Hillary Clinton 38/56%
2016 Donald Trump 36/60%

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.