Unfortunately, the problem with modern democracy is that its now mud-slinging everywhere.
The substance of policies don't matter. Its all about dirt raking on the opposition.
I don't know where you live but, in the Untied States, politicians play to the lowest common denominator and know that mud slinging gets them votes.
Another problem with current representative democracy is it is woefully out of date. Designed in the age of horses and telegram and also before the idiocy of social media.
Many parts of the United States Constitution are. It would literally take an act of God Himself to change even one letter.
Right now, we are often in a scenario where the average person on the street is of the opinion that (i) their vote doesn't matter because two party politics can leave two undesirable candidates with no credible alternative, (ii) politicians get away with figurative murder while in office and there is nothing their electorate can do and (iii) the average person isn't voting in the same proportion as those of sub-average intelligence, who are more easily led by duplicitous media.
Possible things to discuss to that end would be:
>> Political parties can only reach a max limit of 30% of any representative body they sit in - to discourage 2 party systems which are more open to abuses of power.
>> People have to pass an exam to show a rudimentary grasp of the world around them before being allowed to vote.
>> It should be much easier for any electorate to recall those they elected to face a re-election campaign.
>> Proportional representation instead of first-past-the-post.
>> ePolls among the populace could be held every quarter to better guide the representative bodies as to what the will of the people is. Indeed, if these ePolls reach a threshold, then the government should, by law, be forced to act on the wishes of the people.
There is undoubtedly a load of others, but these would get the ball rolling.
Again, in the United States, getting money out of the political process would improve things very much. 535 people in Congress insist that their current pay is not enough. It starts at $174,000 per year for part time work. And they get full benefits.
I do not agree with revamping the recall process. That would lead to massive abuse of power by the electorate. Passing an exam would probably be illegal, although I think it is a great idea.
This is a great conversation to have but what it is doing in this thread leaves me scratching my head.