I am not saying that politicians are like washers and dryers or toaster ovens. They should not be consumer choices. They are flesh and blood people we choose to make important decisions for us.
But given the wide range of opinions and viewpoints that more than 100 million voters must have on critical issues, why are there only one or two viable candidates for each office on the ballot? Is it because of access, money, the party system, attention span?
It is clear that politicians use elections to listen to the people: "The people have spoken through their choices," they say. It is also clear--today at least, that this occasional form of listening is inadequate in a world that is changing so quickly.
There I go again, equating choice with change. I'll have to think about this some more. What do you think?