The problem in our society at this point is a lack of shame and the loss of polite tenor and respect from the top down.
When people from the U.S. feel comfortable with a disrespectful lying cheater as a leader, how do you expect the low lifes to act?
It's rampant. And I don't even know where to start to fix it. My mother fixed it with a good ass beating when I was a child. I don't see anything getting better for a long long time with the way things are.
I don't think there's one person here who would suggest they've been satisfied with the politicians of our generation. They've all left something, usually something rather large, to be desired even when they were the ones we voted for. So I can totally understand the impulse to have said "F you" to the system and bring in a non-politician. The irony, of course, is that this particular non-politician embodies two highly undesirable traits of career politicians - flagrant dishonesty and an obsession with one's own popularity.
As far as how to fix things, first we have to identify the problem which I think has two major components - people don't have easy access to *accurate* information and only the extremes get representation. So while you and I agree that if you misbehave, your ass should be beat, what we see on cable news is "no liberal believes any asses should ever be beaten, all humans are precious gifts" and "conservatives think if your ass is brown, it should be beaten regardless of whether you've done anything wrong (but let's be honest, you probably have because you are brown)". In the real world, I can talk to a wide variety of people and we can agree on at least 80% of things. Which is great. Who wants to agree with everyone on everything? We need the extra 20% to force the debate and produce a better result. But by watching the news I feel like I don't even belong in the same country as half the people. That we are SO different from each other it's not even worth trying to have a discussion. This is nonsense.
I often get frustrated that the average guy on the street can ramble off stats and nuances for several hours regarding a football game, but couldn't explain even the most basic concepts of how the government works (yet the same guy is 100% confident in his political positions). But when I think more, this all makes perfect sense. Sports talk radio and ESPN give you the real facts. If they say the game was won 42-14 then you can take that as a black and white fact. Nobody EVER goes to google to fact check whether that was really the game's score or not. If they say that team X is number one in their conference, then fucking-a, that's exactly what they are. Sure, people all have their opinions and preferences on this team or that, but we're at least on the same playing field working with the same set of facts and thus able to have an intelligent conversation.
But our political "game" is nothing like this. You literally cannot take ANY piece of information given by any news source and believe it 100%. You always have to figure out if something was out of context, or is just blatantly wrong. People don't have the time or energy to do that. And thus, when you have highly questionable news sources being consumed as fact by millions of people, you end up with a big problem. "Garbage in, garbage out" is what we call it in the computer industry. And of course, politicians recognize this and exploit it - it provides great cover for their actions which rarely are focused on our best interests.