In the United States, there is no test of intelligence required for someone to run for - or even hold - political office. There is no requirement that someone have any sort of critical thinking skills or even a shred of common sense.
We elect people to represent us, but many voters are not interested in electing those who might know more than they do or who might be more competent in office than they would be. Instead, we seem determined to elect those who share “our values,” as if that is any sort of qualification.
As we head toward what seems certain to be the most expensive presidential election ever, the total sum raised and spent will be staggering. Somewhere in the range of $75-$80 million was spent just on the Wisconsin recall election, and that will be a fraction of what we’ll see in the presidential race. The total cost of the 2008 presidential election was $5.3 billion, and everyone is predicting this one to easily eclipse that. What does all that money get us as a country? Not a hell of a lot.