You are far more optimistic on this front than I am. With the gerrymandering of districts conducted in 2010, we're stuck for another 7 years
Heh... you're actually far more optimistic than I am. I've said in many other posts that so much damage has been done, it's going to take decades (20-30 years) to recover.
Example one, two ... (probably 10-20 more posts out there)
The question is, are American citizens in this for the long haul or are we going to continue on this uneducated, vicious cycle where we expect change by voting in a corporatist DINO (Obama) after two solid terms of pure evil (you know who)?
Considering our sketchy past, we'll be lucky if we can finally manage to consistently and consecutively vote in lesser evil for decades. And, there'd probably be no hope at all if it wasn't for current and future patriotic, brave whistleblowers that'll continue to expose corruption and educate the public. Don't underestimate the growing discontent within our government. Many people within the CIA, NSA and the military are getting pissed (especially within the CIA and you ain't seen nothing yet).
Whistleblowing is forcing politicians (of all stripes) to choose a side and this educates Americans. It helps to expose whether these politicians mostly represent the protection of profits for a massively corrupt prison/military-industrial complex (unwittingly or otherwise) or more represent the interests of average Americans despite the costs to their careers.
Americans will never vote against greater evil until they are better educated on just who better represents them and, like I said, even so... it'll take decades of voting in lesser evil consistently and consecutively.
When Americans well over a decade ago voted for Nadar and helped to user in the greater evil GW Bush against the lesser evil Al Gore, they unwittingly led us down a horrific path. If one studies American history closely, there's considerable evidence Gore would have prevented the World Trade Center attacks by paying attention to dire warnings from the previous Clinton administration. Today, we (very likely) wouldn't be reeling from extremely costly wars with Iraq, Afghanistan... no WMD lies and all the time/money that wasted... more civil rights for citizens here and abroad .... less warrantless wiretapping... single payer system for health care, etc, less dogma, less death and suffering, tremendously better economy and more jobs -- Need I go on???
The American public is paying for the sins of our past. We should try learning from our mistakes and see what happens when we finally (we've NEVER done this) consistently and consecutively vote in lesser evil over time. This flippity-floppity shit has been a miserable, unmitigated disaster.