I agree with most of what you say, Pick. In the end, we Americans end up with the gov't we deserve. Having said that, the ballot box is still the strongest way to get the leadership we truly want. We, the people MUST hold our politicians' feet to the fire! If they don't bring about the change we, the people are looking for, we throw their asses out in the next election! We, the people MUST be the watchdogs when it comes to our gov't creating new legislation & new laws that pertain to & affect all of us, or even the majority of us. I'm no "Treky", but my favorite line in one the newer Star Trek movies belongs to Spock: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". Nowadays, & with the current gov't we have in place, the needs of ONE can outweigh the needs of the many! There is NO commom sense being applied by our legislators as well as our judicial appointees!