Aaahh, I hear you. If there is anything in particular that the Jedi are doing wrong, it must be that they are staying incredibly loyal to a corrupt government. I think Dooku is right in believing that the Jedi should be independent from the Senate of the Republic. The way it is, the Jedi will be seen as a party in any conflict where the Republic's function and it's relevance is questioned, and this must be a bad thing. However, I do think that the Jedi reluctantly choose to continue their serving of the Senate largely because they really believe in, and feel true loyalty to, the Chancellor. This was obviously the case with poor Valorum, and I get the impression that Palpatine enjoys enormous respect among the Jedi as well, as evidenced in Anakin and Obi-Wan's dialogue at the start of AOTC. Now, here is the root of the problem, I think. Yesyesyes, I think you're onto it here, Isurus. The Jedi's loyalty to the Senate will actually be the very thing that tears them down. As we witnessed at the end of AOTC - the Jedi lead "their" secret clone army into war on behalf of the crumbling Republic. This is all part of Palpatine's great scheme, of course, and a very important part of discrediting the Jedi Order and making way for the Empire and the extermination of the "dangerous" and "evil" sorcerers called Jedi. Man, I'm so impressed by how Lucas has constructed the plot of the PT. I always pictured it as somehow the reverse of the OT - the evil Sith Lords attacking the good Republic and creating their Empire from the ashes. But Lucas does it way better and has the very Dark Lord of the Sith being elected as the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic and destroying the Jedi and his own Republic from within. Lucas' plot is so much more sinister and interesting than it would have been to simply have the Sith as an outside threat. Does anyone agree with me?