Our Government as it stands today. The best politicians, not the best leaders.
Anyone who pays any attention to our government and its inner-workings has to be alarmed at the woeful state of our current leadership. I could drone on about all that's wrong with it, but let me show some restraint and state simply that it no longer functions as a democratically elected leadership. No, today we have the best politicians that money can buy. Although it should go without saying (but let me say it anyway) that a great politician does NOT make a great leader. In fact, quite the contrary. What you get with a great politician is a smooth talker who can sell anyone on anything but who never actually delivers on any promises. The politician makes promises he has no intention of keeping., and so the entire process of electing him is a farce. The great politician is in love with the idea of power for the sake of power, ie, to stoke his ego and make him (or her) feel important and above the dim witted dolts that elect him or her. His interest in "improving" things applies only in as much as it can present a convincing case for him/her to be elected. That is always the point of their running for office, nothing more. If something is accomplished and something good comes out of the politician's election then it is a happy circumstance that we must all marvel at, that "even the losers, get lucky sometime" as Tom Petty put it.
We don't need anymore politicians, we need leaders. We need men and women that want to make things better for our country and our countrymen not for themselves (or their parties). Like our forefathers, they must be willing to sacrifice, they must be dedicated to liberty for all citizens, they must possess great fortitude, honesty, they must be above the fray of political bickering and be committed to the betterment of mankind. The men that can lead all of us to greater "peace, prosperity and domestic welfare" are alive and among us, but they would probably not run for office because they know all too well that they could never occupy a position of leadership in today's world. The system is not set up to select the best leader like themselves, it's set up to select the best politician.
So, today that's what we have in Washington and Tallahassee. A group of self congratulating, self promoting, greedy, epicurean, partisan, bickering, childish, opportunistic, small minded, crafty little toads. A full house of ineffective politicians who think all this is just a game for them to play in front of the media to make points for their favorite cable TV network. Talking points for the spin Dr.s and their cable TV watching groupies. Always the question is "Who had the best "shot" today?" and rarely is any noble objective to improve things or fix a problem the subject of discussion except in passing. An afterthought.
So, the first order of business, now that we've ironed out the first great reason for such an unintelligent government is at hand. How do we get the best leaders to the position of leading without netting a bunch of toad politicians at the same time? We must change how we elect our leaders., and the only way to change the way we elect our leaders is to eliminate money from the entire process. There must be an amendment that eliminates any money being involved in the process of elections.