Comment: I have heard it said,

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I have heard it said,

more than once, from people who are supposedly "in-the-know" that indeed, the candidates are not chosen by the people but by an elite few.

I am guessing the local level elections are not as compromised - perhaps that's where change can be made. It will have to be quick because if local elections begin to have an impact those will be corrupted as well.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul