Finally, a word of reason in this thread!
Yes, of course we are ultimately the problem because we vote them in.
But, until we have votes limited to an eductated electorate, and where so few even reach the end of their basic schooling with any real
certificates, an educated vote is going to happen no time soon.
I know, I know, if they are old enough to sign up for a life (or death) in the forces etc. etc. but it doesn't work like that in life: you really have to be aware of the consequences of your vote.
Anyhow, it seems to me that the only way of achieving change (should you want it) is via the street. Political parties only pander to their usual/traditional class of voters. And as far as I can see, it is about class and probably always will be that way. Sadly, it's usually only those with next to nothing to lose who take to the streets in order to make their points. When governments don't see you on tv, you don't exist.