So the takeaway here is that apparently everyone in the US now is incapable of separating the office from the person who holds it.
How can you come to that conclusion? I see it the opposite way. If you DO respect the office, then you SHOULD take a stand if you think the people IN the office are desecrating it. I think it's your stance that can't seperate the two. You see a guy in "the office", so he must be respected along with the office he's in, and I do not agree with that at all. I think you are FAILING to seperate the two by taking that stance. You are letting the office itself protect the crooks in the office, when we should be keenly aware that they are two different things.