Whose fault is it that they rely on traditional media instead of alternate sources? Whose fault is it that they don't dig deeper on points? If I can get access to information, anyone can (excepting, y'know, classified stuff - but that very rarely impacts politics). I stress the public's responsibility as much as I do because I never see someone saying "Well, shoot, we voted for a real stinker - and have for the last eighty years - so what do you expect?", but instead blaming the politicians for doing what's simply in their natures as greedy, lying, soulless scum.
Originally Posted by Solaris
The vast majority of people have neither your life experience nor your resources. Your life experience has taught you to be suspicious, critical, self-reliant, and yet also engaged, to the degree that you are a soldier of apparently high competence.
When people have children, too many jobs, not enough jobs, family in need of hospice, etc. they lack the time to "dig deeper on points", to seek out alternate media that they can trust, or to compile data from multiple sources. When people lack a suspicious and critical nature, they tend to accept things more at their face value. When they aren't self-reliant, they require others to assist them in their information discovery. When people lack engagement, they simply don't care.
You'll note that I did not say that people don't bear some responsibility. They may even bear a majority of responsibility. But it isn't as simple as that. There are other factors at play, including a corporatist agenda that is difficult to decipher in its inhumanity, its reach, and its influence.
Personally, I see your willingness to lump all the coal onto the populace to be not dissimilar from that populace's apathy towards making a change. IMO, the change that needs to be enacted is, in large part, change to our corporatist society, and directing the causality to the populace is willful misdirection at worst and naivete at best.