"Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no bettor than we deserve", George Bernard Shaw
We deserve better than what we've been dished ... but do we?
Having said all of the above, we can ill afford to throw out what is at least partially working (employment, wages, inflation, medical care) for a totally untried replacement. We can also ill afford to 'fire all the generals' and run our wars and foreign policy by the whims of one man. We need to maintain a steady course and objectively and collectively re-tweak our weaknesses even if it is only one step at a time.
Even if it means more of the same for the time being. -- Can we afford to take a chance?
One of my Facebook friends added this comment, "My friend once told me that Democracy is like a three-legged stool. Freedom, Responsibility and Accountability -- without all three in place, the stool collapses. Good advice."
The Responsibility leg was further explained by former Supreme Court Justice David Souter in his interview in MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show ( Perils of eroded civic knowledge ) that democracy is only as strong and can only endure as the civic knowledge of its citizenry. Watch the video. He is alarmingly perceptive about the relevantcy of this during today's election season.