Why, do we put up with this? We don't. The system that provides us with candidates for public office is broken? The Political Party System for conducting elections is corrupt... The current methods used in our elections have not yielded the quality leadership necessary to successfully administer our government... federal, state, or local government. Our elections are corrupt and are at the root of our problems with government and the culture.
It isn't our system of government... nor its underlying precepts for government that has failed us... it is a massively corrupt two-party political system that manages our elections, ensuring their candidates are elected to high public office. The Public is being forced to choose between candidates that are the lesser of evils.. that is not choice... that is coersion and has led us to... government by political fiat... not the informed choice of those governed.
Our Nation's problems are not structural they are administrative... the product of a corrupt system for administering elections, and the mechanics of a government administered by corrupt officials, and political electioneering.