This thread is surprising in how often I check it. I find that "listening" to the board discuss politics (little "p" and nothing to do with political parties) is refreshing.
I find that the problems with government are multiple but, here's the most egregious ones.
P1 - Who the hell lets politicians draw the maps? I mean seriously. If you played kickball in grade school, you know that captains will divide the population down the middle AFTER picking their friends.
S1 - I suggest we start using the shortest split line method
to draw districts. Take the politicos out of the equation (literally) and see if that does better.
P2 - Why, oh why, is Orrin Hatch going to be in the Senate for 36 years? While I lived in Utah I voted against him - not because I found myself in disagreement with his political positions - but, simply because he had been there so long. Too many politicos are that for life. The Founding Fathers didn't think anyone would want to deal with the politics for so long. They were wrong.
S2 - Constitutional amendment to add term limits to Senators and Representatives. I'm thinking no more than two terms for Senators (though you could talk me into one) and no more than four for Representatives. (Still a lot but better than where we are now.)
P3 - While we've all heard that money talks, it really just sits there and doesn't say anything. Yet, the Supreme Court has repeated ruled that money = speech. This is obviously open to abuse.
S3 - This one is tricky but I think we need campaign finance laws that prohibit deep pocket spending. Sadly it would most like take a constitutional amendment.
P4 - Please explain to me how I lock up an entire company. If I can't lock it up, then it's not a person. The Founding Fathers thought of companies as extensions of their creators, not independent entities. I'm sure if we asked Ben Franklin if the company and the man were separate he would look at you funny.
S4 - Pass laws that prevent a corporation (or union) from acting like a person. Sorry, Hobby Lobby, you don't get to claim freedom of religion. Sorry, UAW, you can't claim free speech.
I have far more radical ideas but I'll leave them off the table for now. Except for one. If you can't name the current Senators for your State, your Representative, the Vice President and three Supreme Court Justices, you don't get a federal ballot.