Imagine, for a moment, a political system in which one party controls the entire area, where nominees are selected by the party committee, and where the "elections" are "free, fair, and honest" but the outcome is predetermined.
Sounds like the Soviet Union? China? Cuba? Perhaps. But I'm talking about most elections right here in the United States of America. Between legislature-controlled districting, "soft money," politicial patronage, the power of incumbency, and the cozy relationship with various special interests, this is the situation here.
Wave the flag, tovarisch
That is part of the reason I harp on the party committees who consistently shove grass roots candidates, such as Jimmy Dahroug, Steve Harrison, and Charles Ober, aside in favor of "golden boys" who are either party committee insiders, potential large fundraisers, or relatives of elected officials.
The result is budgets that are overloaded with "member items" that are often no more than bribes to constituents and special interest groups, and bogged down with accounting tricks designed to hide the real debt with which we are saddling the next generation. The result is corruption running rampant -- it's a safe bet that Vito Fossella's moral terpitude is far from the worst acts of NYC House members, just on the odds. The result is a general feeling among the populace that it's just not worth getting involved, even to the extent of showing up at the voting booth, because the system is rigged (which it is!).