A representative system of governance is only as good as the representatives. An informed electorate is also critical. It bothers me that we seem to have such a disconnect between voters and people for whom we vote. A candidate can say he or she has their constituents’ best interests in mind as they journey off to Washington, but then something happens. The waters get muddied, promises made during a campaign give way to the more complicated reality of deal making and concessions. And all those promises, while not exactly falling by the wayside, get trampled a bit.
Candidates for public office promise the world. This was Donald Trump’s strategy. If ever there was somebody who just said whatever he thought people wanted to hear, it was him. What he promised was a whole lot of garbage, but people bought it.