Agreed. Hence why I suggested removing all party affiliations from the ballot so that the voter has to actually think who they are voting for.
I also agree w/ you about education in the US. This is truly probably our #1 issue/problem in the US and therefore should be priority #1. And that's not hyperbole. We used to be the global leader in so many areas because of our good, solid education system and we produced, on the whole, bright, educated, well informed young adults. Good on us for for doing "moonshots" for Cancer and other worthwhile endeavors. But honestly, education should take center stage for funding until this situation is rectified. And the bonus is that focusing on education would likely solve SOOOO many other social ills that plague us. So it's like a "magic bullet" in so many ways. I strongly believe that a good to great education system would really significantly reduce the drug addiction problem, the violence problem, the social despair problem, the school shooting and mass murder problem, the inner gang problem, and a host of other societal issues that we struggle with. A highly educated populace in many ways IS the universal solution to so many intractable problems we face.
Maybe not a solution but certainly a way to reduce the impact.
First, one of the reasons why our politics are so screwed up is that we have decided that "freedom of speech" includes the freedom to knowingly lie to people for one's own profit and to deliberately harm them. This has been a big change of the past ~30 years.
BITD the worst offenders were cigarette ads on TV, which we banned. How the fuck is -that- not a violation of freedom of speech?? But we are undeniably better off for it.
2nd, education can help address this by making people less susceptible to lies. Now, we have a large percentage of people who want to argue that there even -IS- such a thing as fact, much less what any particular set of facts are.