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As Montesquieu long ago noted, with good people and good intent almost any system can be made to work well, without those two as givens, almost no system will work well. The problem comes down to the daunting task of finding a way to open they eyes of enough citizens sufficiently that they learn to disregard the massive distractions thrown their way and concentrate on securing their future well being by electing representatives that will act in the interests of the majority and insisting that those representatives appoint judges and administrators who share those views. Unfortunately this requires that a majority of the electorate develop a considerable degree of sophistication so as to see which policies and programs merely offend their moral sensibilities and which threaten their well being and that of their children.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 16th, 2012 at 04:45:03 PM EST
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