"The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists" to protect incumbent interests
I think the average American doesn't know what a lobbyist is or what the word "incumbent" means. But in fact I think most Americans would actually agree that "incumbent interests" run things, whether they mean the liberal establishment or corporate America, relentless cynics that most Americans are.
But I think people should think about what lobbyists are. Labor unions have lobbyists. Environmental groups have lobbyists. Pro- and anti- abortion groups have lobbyists. Lobbyists are the representatives of an organized, interested group of people. I think that's democratic.
But anyone who thinks that "incumbent interests" are unimpeded should ask why we have campaign finance laws imperfect as they are.