Is there any way to make elections not only more fair, but more dignified and honest? Despite our disagreements, we generally discuss issues in this forum. As a rule, we don't rely on soundbites, character assassination, or distortions to make our points. Sure, we have disagreements, but I think we honestly know where each other stands and no one pulls the wool over our eyes. With politicians, you seldom know what you're getting and what the truth really is? Did Kerry deserve his medals? Was Bush AWOL? These issues and the like become clouded by political opportunism, and there is no voice of objectivity that we as Americans are willing to trust. (I'll trust DailyKos; you trust Drudge.) I think it would be great if elections at levels consisted of a series of debates, discussions, and articles, with no ads except to promote voter turnout. I don't know if there's a way this can be done in a free society, and I'm not sure how severe the downside to this idea is. So, the question is this: Can we, liberal, conservative, libertarian, come up with election reforms that we would all truly support? Or do you think the current approach is pretty much the best one, and we doomed to be led by a mediocre lot.