I like the idea of "educated, intelligent, compassionate, individuals that really care about Americans regardless of class, income or intellect," but I can't help but think that there are members (both houses, both parties,) that are there for the wrong reasons. And with some positions not having term limits, it can potentially create a disconnect between a congressman/woman and their constituents.
What I was getting at was touched by diablosho in regards to going "back to the people and live in the society as they shaped it." For career politicians, especially those with the wrong intentions, it is similar to a child with an ant farm.
Perhaps instead of 'term limits,' how about having them go home after 1-2 terms (House and Senate,) and having to live in the community they created for at least one term before being eligible for another term of office. At least that way, we can be sure that our elected officials know how they are impacting us, who chose them to represent us. A positive to this would be helping to keep the uninformed (of which I will not exclude myself,) from simply voting for the incumbent simply because they were already in that seat. Maybe a system such as this would entice voters to learn more about their candidates instead of simply voting for the incumbent or voting a straight ticket.
I'm not going to lie and say that I am well versed in politics, but I do believe there to be something foul in the current political system. I agree that we should brainstorm solutions instead of just following the ""chicken little" "Their ruining our country" mindset," as you put it, Knowbull.
Agreed, Im not a politco type either and neither am I a political dunce. I "see" there are some with malicious intent, but they arent aware of it. I dont know about term limits, as there are some politicians, that I beleive, should stay in politics forever. Some of these are staying in politics by mere force of their convictions and conscience. They realise that to stop now would bring an end to Democracy, freedom, and liberty as we know it. Party dissension and ensueing compromise are part of what keeps us a "free people". The picture is much larger than what is (or should be) obvious. Its just my opinion and thankfully I can express it and vote privately for whomever I please without having anyone know who I voted for with no fear of the Government or the people targeting me for my beliefs.