The last clean thing that happened in American politics was right before baby George Washington needed his first diaper change. It's been downhill ever since. It's dirty all the way down, and the only office allowed to admit it is dogcatcher. I tend to assume that, other than a few enlightened countries of which I know little, all politics is like this, differing onlyslightly by culture.
The number of people able to make responsible and socially viable decisions in America is apparently zero, a relatively small number compared to 100 senators, 435 representatives, nine members of the supreme court, one president, 50 governors and a supporting cast of billions (trillions?) of dollars. Because someone a long time ago invented money and that ruined everything.
The only reason we aren't actually slaves is that it costs more to guard us than it does to let us pretend we live in a democracy and have us guard ourselves.
The only two things worth living for are love and work (I don't like the second one either but making sure one has a roof over their head, food in their belly and clothes to wear cannot, technically, be done any other way). The purpose of government, like the purpose of religion, is to allow at least some members of society to pretend they have a greater role to play so they can get out of both of those requirements. And apparently, a good superpac makes funding that part easy.
Are there good people in the world? You bet. Millions. Sadly, even with a 100 or 200 or 300:1 ratio against the bad guys, the good are just too frickin' good. They are so busy being responsible people, paying their bills, raising their kids, doing their jobs, loving their country, that they just don't have time to either recognize or respond to the blatant selfishness of those that control our lives (paranoid government types) or out pocketbook (bankers and wall street and other selfish money grubbing bottom feeders). It is a case where decency is so busy being decent that it too naive to know it needs to kick the indecent in the balls. Hence Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum and Armani suited executives on Wall Street are able to walk upright and impersonate human beings fairly well. At least from a distance.
As long as those skilled in bullsh*t can find enough people skilled in being bullsh*tted, we're in trouble. And sadly both of those skill sets predominate, at least in American society. People have been asking what we can do to make our government more honest and transparent for over 200 years, and nobody yet has come up with an answer. Well, that's not true. There are lots of answers. It's just that each one pales in comparison to the answer the powerful came up with a long time ago (Kick 'em while their down. Tha'llt make them more likely to vote the way you want).
Having freedom is irrelevant in an world where it can be used against us easier it can be used for us. Sometime soon, the dictionary people will remove the word "hope" from the book because it doesn't apply any more, And every day from now until the end of eternity, people will stand around discussing all the things wrong with the government and the economy and imagine they have real live solutions. In fact a whole bunch of people will absolutely "know" what the problem is and how to fix it. And each of those days, what will be will be, and all of those proposed solutions will, at best, end up as footnotes in our unpublished history.
On the bright side, we've got each other. Which will make the prison camps a bit more tolerable.
P.S. Sorry for the downer, but I couldn't think of anything nice to say. Who brought politics anyway?