Yo: I'll start with clarifications: I'm not knowledgeable, I'm not going to reference peer-reviewed studies, I will likely speak of generalities, I will bring my meek perspective/analysis of things to the table, and I will rant a bit. If you watch a debate on C-SPAN, you often see two white men in ill-fitted suits speak through one another, never really saying anything but surface-layer lines to dupe a public who is spun by their rhetoric-making selves. Every damn one of 'em panders. Every one of 'em has to appeal to some American commonplace. Every one of 'em is making air into words of similar consistency. And, as long as you're on the right side of that glorious fence, you're gonna follow your man like that abused pit down the street. It's all masks, you know? Could you imagine forcing a politician to be completely honest? The worst part is that they probably, either through self-persuasion or long-time conviction, buy there own shit like it's AAA. Point is, you hear someone speak on some stand, you hear tailored words for a picky ear. The big news corporations do the same damn thing; they're out for money, and they could care less 'bout empiricism and honest portrayal. If they keep pumping out to their constituency, aligned by the vibrant and so-stark dichotomy, because a Republican is damn-different than a Democrat, because they both ain't buying and selling into the same botched system bottom-level sweet-talkin' and ignorance, they keep their viewers and pocketbooks. And not to sound like some theorist, but the sheep just keeps on followin'. A problem of factors paint a bad picture for the U.S.: ignorant and apathetic citizens, corrupted politicians, gridlock, two-party system, profit-prioritized economy, disregard for inequality, lack of genuine address and discussion outside of academics, sectionalism, lack of care for the whole, absence of an idea of community worth, ideas of freedom that conflict with well-being, unfulfilled education, strange American values that lack introspection and blatantly conflict one another. These are just the first that come to mind. I realize that I, as always, have failed to make a line of thought. I'll guess I'll just throw out some broad questions. What do you think about American politics (or your country's if you want)? Where do you think problems are most prominent? Are there solutions? Prediction for the last question: Yeah, but they are incredibly complex. Yep. Whatever, hope I'm communicable. Take it over if you have a direction to take it.