Thomas Jefferson said "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. " Let's make sure it doesn't come to that this election year and keep our political figures in line with a soft but humiliating bitch slap.
Our objective as Citizens is to ensure that candidates fear only one thing...US. Not each other. Not the Media. Not their parties. Not mice. All I ask is that they're terrified of the citizenry. I mean, really. Candidates, don't make us break out the guillotine and the basket. Cuz we'll do it. We may not have a public square, but the mall would do just as well. We're thirsty for entertainment, and reality TV is all the rage.
Politicians tend to drift off course and get caught up in the game of power. Their objective is to win and shore up power. As citizens, we have a game too. Our objective is to remind politicians that we, and only we, should be a politician's pathway to power. When they demonstrate an unhealthy lack of terror, they need to be smacked down. When they do wrong, call their headquarters and lay into them. Send an angry letter. Call and demand your contribution money back. Withhold your vote and let the Bad Guy win and let your candidate know why it happened. Be an ass. Be loud. Be a jerk. Flick them on the nose. When they're good. Give them a big bear hug and shower them with praise.
But remember this...elections aren't a game and politicians aren't your friend. Power turns everybody, EVERYBODY, into a dangerous, savage animal. Our system is designed to keep power on a short leash. And we're the ones who are supposed to enforce the system.