Why Do Politicians Fail Us?

In the democratic republic known as the United States of America we embrace the concept of a government “… of the people, by the people and for the people …”  (Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863).  Our founders recognized the foolishness of attempting to place every issue before everyone and the equally foolish single supreme leader of a diverse cultural population.

So, why does this system consistently seem to fail the population it represents?

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