As long as we have private donations funding campaigns for Public Office, we will continue to have poor government For the People. Sure they, the candidates, make promises that sound good, but just like with the Political Machines of yesteryear, there will not be any significant changes to our political scene. While it is true we do not have threats of physical violence to contend with, we still suffer from intimidation tactics at every turn. Whether it is the mudslinging or the skeletons being dug out of closets, intimidation and threats still influence who gets elected. We have seen a resurgence in bribery but not where The People are given a few dollars to vote a certain way, but promises of lucrative contracts to businesses if they will support a candidate. The "FOR SALE" sign above a candiates door is permanently attached to their coattails upon election to office. This is why vote rigging is not really necessary any more, because businesses will "invest" funds on both sides of a race to ensure they will get what they want. It doesn't matter whether a Republican or a Democrat assumes office, they still own them to some degree. Just in case though, they can still tamper with election results as long as we use the e-machines to vote.
Only those who are willing to kowtow to the Rich and Powerful interest will ever hold an elected office. This guarantees that their interests will be placed above those of the common people. When a Community Organizer is forced to his knees by Corporate Interests, we know that the time of the Peoples Voice is long past. We were given what should have been a great champion of the People and forced to watch him compromise by Special Interest, PAC's, Corporate donors, and the Uber-rich. What we have seen is the public execution of our belief of By the People, For the People, of the People. It was gut-wrenching to say the least. As long as we continue to finance campaigns with private donations this will continue to be a problem. While some measure of control could be re-established through term limits, ultimately this will not help without serious campaign finance reform or public funding of election campaigns.