Not touching the real-world political analogies with a ten-foot Gungan electropole. Those of you who have been around awhile, know where I stand on the "R" vs "D" debate, and it's not even relevant here. Per this thread, the Jedi are not only held to a "higher standard" (which is an individual choice and not automatic, I have the same expectations of behavior for everyone, and bad behavior is bad no matter who commits it). They are also apparently held responsible for the behavior of everyone else in the Republic, which to me reads as if the Senate, the Kaminoans, and anyone else who is actually directly responsible for ordering the clones, cannot be held responsible for their behavior, only the Jedi for "allowing" it. I don't understand why it's so impossible to discuss the clone army and its use without the blame deflection. Of course the Republic was corrupt. I don't know how long it had been that way; the corruption was there during the Plagueis novel so 50 years before TPM. But the Jedi were neither responsible for the corruption nor were they responsible for fixing it. And the Jedi were trying to be keepers of the peace. AOTC demonstrates this. They were not responsible for starting the war, and as I've said, they didn't want it. The Jedi did the best they could with the cluster**** of a hand that they were dealt. Of all the supposedly-good people who were responsible for not only ordering the clone army but orchestrating the war itself, deflecting hate on the Jedi because there was no episode in which they sat around and ruminated on it, seems horribly, horribly misplaced. Hate on Shaak Ti in the Order 66 arc if you want, that arc did not exactly endear me to the clones, at least not the way they were written in the show. It even gave me a different perspective on how they were written in other arcs, particularly Umbara.