As I sit watching the American political process devolve into being forced to choose between a reality TV star and a disgraced for cabinet member, I cant help but think that the event of 9/11 fundamentally changed for America and made it worse. 9/11 made Americans more fearful. The fear led to anger, the anger vitriol, vitriol to division. Simply put, this cannot be how we pick a leader. Politicians used to run based on how well they could work across the aisle to get things done. Now, it is the EXACT opposite. Our obstructionist model has led to empty seats on federal benches and good public servants being replaced by Tea Party candidates calling themselves Republicans because they worked with the opposition party. There used to be a story about a first term congressman asking where the Republicans caucused because he wanted to meet the enemy. A more experienced congressman told him that the Republicans were the opposition, the Senate was the enemy. Our lawmakers have a responsibility to us to work together to make legislation that is best for all of us. The problem with our lawmakers is that they are focused on two things one, reelection; two, drumming up enough controversy to bring in huge donation for reelection. The tea party wave that swept through congress swept through by promising to not vote to raise the debt ceiling. They said they would not spend more money than we had. Not one bothered to mention that raising the debt ceiling only approves our paying for money weve spent. It allows us to pay our existing bills. Not paying them can collapse the world economy. The entire world commodities market is based on the US dollar. If our credit fades, the dollar loses value and prices skyrocket. Poorer nations can no longer buy wheat and corn, cant feed animals, thereby, can no longer feed people. This is how fascism sweeps through nations and groups like ISIS gain power. Although I identify as a libertarian, I am a registered Republican. The real difference is that I dont have time in my day to hate gays or who they marry. I dont have time in my day to panic over some dude smoking a little weed. I dont have time in my day accuse all Mexicans of being rapists. Other than that, Im pretty conservative. Before 9/11, in the midst of impeachment hearings, Whitewater, and whatever else the Clintons were up to, the administration and Republican congress were able to pass the Contract with America, give welfare to the states, and run a surplus. The middle class expanded more than any time since post WWII. In the midst of actual scandal, that congress built a powerful economy and did not get opposition from a Democratic President. Fast forwarding to today, the goal of congress is to not confirm a Supreme Court Justice, to repeal Obamacare, and general to stagnate of move backward. Youll have to excuse me for a bit of rambling above, but here is my point: The border between conservative and crazy is gone. Politics is no longer about gentleman debating the issues of today and finding solutions that provide hope for the hopeless and relief for the stressed. It is about the fight, not the finish, and that benefits no one. 9/11 made us angry, and that anger divided us. So, excuse me for thinking that every time Marco Rubio talks about spray tans and that Donald Trump talks about his genitals in a public forum, excuse me for thinking that the terrorists won. The election season is a disgrace, these candidates are a disgrace, and the American right is going to be mitigated to outsider status for decades. The Tea Party was the first blow and the triumvirate of Cruz, Rubio, and Trump is going to be the coup de grace. Return civility and issues to the forefront and stop debating semantics and bullshit. I am embarrassed by those claiming to represent my values and interests. Stop saying you speak for me, or for anyone with sense. These candidates are self serving fear mongers, not leaders, not respectable politicians, and not worthy of a single vote.