If you disagree with the premise, please pipe up, I'd like to hear that too. It seems to me that national politics have essentially decayed into an ongoing contest of smears, innuendo, accusation, condemnation and conspiracy theories. Not to mention, outright lies. And obviously, if the Democrats gain back control, that certainly is not going to change. Yes, it has "always been like this". But in the age of the internet, instant news, and fake news, the noise is like nothing ever seen. So I guess I have two questions: 1. Can the government function properly, can it move the country forward, when so little attention is paid to issues? And when debate of the issues amounts to little more than simplistic bumper sticker sloganeering, wedged in between smears and attacks? 2. Do we not think that many of our Best & Brightest are going to stay away from politics because of this trend? .