Couldn't agree more. Every time I teach a US goverment course, whether in the US or France, students are amazed to learn how the electoral college works, and the way that campaign finance rules ensure a bought-and-paid-for election process. And gerrymandering is, simply, one of the most undemocratic, manipulative processes injected into the system. Between that and dispelling the illusion that he US goverment and economy are a hands-off combination, pointing out the incredible amount of regulations put in place by both parties to ensure their lobbyists are happy among other things... there is a lot of head-shaking. Planktom, "we need to utilise and understand government, whichever flavour you choose". Hell, yes. In most of the West, he have the opportunity and incredible good fortune to do this... and don't. Similarly, pro-business, pro individual freedoms, pro-personal responsabilty and pro-personal initiative. But also very pro-community and very pro-trying to leave something decent to my kids. None of which are incompatible in the slightest.