Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) recently announced he will be leaving the Senate. He cited gridlock in the beltway, i.e., Congress not accomplishing much, as his reason, saying (paraphrasing) that he was pretty much fed up with nothing getting done and partisan politics being the norm. Of course, those left to suffer the most from this non-action, this lack of accomplishing anything on the part of our elected representatives are the American people. Add to this the overwhelming evidence of Republicans (check the voting records of ALL members of Congress, but the Republicans currently are opposing just about everything) continuously saying "no" to anything that President Obama (or the Democrats ) propose, and it's easy to become cynical and not care (a friend of mine actually posted on Facebook that he was giving up, that he was just going to tend his gardens, love his pets, hang out and enjoy good times with friends and shun politics and activism altogether. I can't say I blame him).
My question: What is it going to take to get past this political gridlock? Lots of times I hear that we need to "vote the incumbents out," and get some new blood into Washington. But isn't it more than that? Typically, most well-intentioned candidates become just like the ones we complain about now, getting greedy, being bought by lobbyists, insurance companies, etc. How can we the people change the system. Is it even possible and how long might it take for real change to be realized?