The quality of the candidates who make it on the ballot depends upon the quality of the electorate. The politicians who make it on the ballot are low quality becausethey appeal to the median voter. If the median voter has silly views, then smart, well-informed, intellectually honest, forthright politicians don’t stand a chance.
Many people complain that we’re always stuck choosing the lesser of two evils. The Comedy Central showSouth Park compared the 2004 presidential election to a school mascot election between a Turd Sandwich and a Douche. Why are we often stuck choosing between a Republican Turd Sandwich and Democratic Douche? It’s not because the system is broken or corrupt. It’s because the system works. It gives We the People what We the People want. We have to choose between “two evils” because these two evils best appeal to the median voter.
If we want to fix our democracy, then we need to fix ourselves. We need to become smarter, less biased, and more intellectually honest when it comes to politics.Which is why, this November, most people will probably vote for either the douche or the turd sandwich?