The American public and, indeed, the American citizen is the ultimate cause of all problems within the American social system. It is because of citizen demand for sub-optimal policy choices, sold to them by shills and shysters, that we get sub-optimal policy choices in our society which then tarnishes our entire nation and our viability as a country. It is through their democratic voice, or lack of giving a voice, that we get the dysfunctional policy choices that we get, which then sets our nation, our society, and our world backwards and degrades the overall quality of life and well-being for the general public. Unless a new leadership emerges to counter the incorrect and sub-optimal policy recommendations of our current leadership gives and to rise above the idiotic, the delusional, the misinformed, and the ignorant elements within our society, we are never going to be able to achieve the optimal quality of life we could potentially achieve with what we've presently got.
A democratic society is good for holding leaders to account. However, the quality of that role depends largely upon the quality of the citizens' abilities to make choices for themselves on the collective and individual level. If the ability of the public is compromised by leadership elements or by their own human fallibility, the system breaks down, and those moments of light which democracy brings forth may not be worth the long term costs of having a generally erratic and temperamental, incoherent, and not necessarily inclusive method of reaching decisions. Like any relationship, it takes intelligent and sensed decision making by both partners in order to achieve optimal results. Failure to do so will result in collapse, catastrophe, or else otherwise mediocre performance by the society.
Quite honestly, if a government and its members are able to know their own interests accurately, and are otherwise able to achieve them effectively, a hybrid of democracy and dictatorship becomes the preferable option in the long term, due to the stability of a well-functioning leadership who manipulates the society to positive ends and is affirmed by the society for doing a genuinely positive job at governing. Knowing what the people need and want is a significant piece of the governing puzzle. However, a too much chaos in the system leaves it destabilized in the long term. Too many voices with irrelevant or harmful ideas and methods of going about things will bring down the entire system, or else, make it significantly more difficult to achieve the fundamentals of survival, let alone, the ability to thrive as a society of individuals.
This is the ultimate conundrum of society. While I agree that voting and access to the governing should be cheap and easy, I also think that not everything or everyone should be listened to. Opinions are not, after all, equal in common reality. A person may believe in the geocentric universe quite honestly. However, all evidence points to it being quite an incorrect view of how the universe is and how it works. The same principles apply in the world of policy, even if we're less clear about what actually is happening and how things actually are and are working. A person may believe in a policy or in a method of organizing and managing a government and a society. However, even though it may be possible to implement those ideas, it doesn't mean that it's an actually beneficial, healthy, or sustainable thing or set of things to do. You can eat doughnuts everyday, all day for months and years. However, just because you can, doesn't mean that you should and, quite honestly, it will lead to your death much sooner than it otherwise may have been, thanks to all of the health problems that it creates. A society can operate on fossil fuels for energy or with the wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few with the democratic processes otherwise shut down to anything opposing the immediate desires of the elite. However, that doesn't mean that a society should operate and function in such a condition and, having things be as such, the lifetime of the society will be shortened due to environmental and social pressures (assuming that no additional external catastrophes happen along the way). This is going to be a moment of absolution for our society throughout these coming years and decades. I don't know how we're going to do with the present set of socially illiterate people at the helms of our societies and the bumbling, incompetent nature of the general public to compound the problems that we're facing.
That's all I've got to say for now. A shame I don't have better news to give. I wish I could do something about it. However, I need the permission of the society and its leadership in order to do that.
Shame, things were starting to look so cool.