Originally Posted by go bowe
stupid voters are not necessarily stupid...
it's the political system that has evolved that is stupid...
usually it's a choice between two bad choices, which should probably be expected given the state of politics today...
This is basically it, but it's only part of the problem.
This is actually the lesser of the two problems. We are in a two-party system, which means we basically have to eat from one of two bowls provided. There is no third bowl. Combine that with the parties in power carving districts over the decades to further entrench incumbents and further solidify where the base for both parties is. What you end up is with a system largely lacking in discipline from the two major parties for intelligence and open-mindedness, and cares more about the lowest common denominator among their bases.
The bigger problem: money. Thanks to the concerted, systematic effort by all three branches of government, there is now unlimited money required to run and maintain office. That literally sucks up almost all the time Congressmen spend now in office, rather than learning issues. Their job is to raise money continuously, and it makes getting anything done harder and harder, since the time required to learn, form opinions, and compromise, is sharply cut into by titanic volumes of fundraisers.
Therefore, we've honestly got a dumber and less capable population in Congress as far as the issues are concerned. But it's not because they're dumb, necessarily. It's because constant fundraising takes up all their time.