In one sense, as they say, Democracy is messy but it works. Sure that's true in that it is "messy" and to the extent that it "works" is just in comparison to the alternatives. That's all good but we also know that even the average person on the street, using common sense, could improve the status quo in many regards. Today there is a lot of chaos in our cities. That isn't good for anyone. It's not good for the NIMBY (not in my backyard) crowd, it's not good for the young people just entering the workforce and it's not ultimately good for the people on the streets (living in the streets). The interpretation of the Constitution limits many solutions (and yes, we know who stacked the courts). If you want to try to clean up politics in Washington you have to reform the current system. Current politicians aren't going to reform themselves and getting "big" money out of politics runs into the Citizens United case. If you want to keep criminals, drug addicts, homeless encampments out of our downtown areas and our neighborhood areas you need something like an anti-loitering law. That was ruled unconstitutional. Our prisons are overcrowded so courts release everyone with misdemeanors which results in criminals with 10 arrests in a year walking around with no incentive not to commit their 11th crime. This renders the police ineffective and they don't even respond to some calls. Local businesses can't operate like this with people routinely shoplifting knowing that the police will do nothing. Sometimes it's best to have a little less "freedom" for the sake of society. Usually the political "solution" to a perceived problem isn't even a solution to the problem. It's usually the start to another problem while ignoring the actual problem. Homelessness is a great example. Everyone is talking about "affordable" housing and "homelessness". Some talk about rent control which never works in the long run. It always results in less available housing but it's still talked about. Cities will talk about building affordable housing, jack up the property taxes and maybe increase other taxes all to build housing for those who could house themselves for the most part (just like everyone else). When has massive government housing projects turned into anything other than "ghettos" and inner city crime dens? In a few years someone will come along and talk about tearing down those buildings to reduce crime and improve living conditions for those in those neighborhoods. Increasing the tax base on everyone isn't the solution either. The well off can easily move thus leaving the city much worse off. Boeing headquarters left Seattle, soon the average fairly well off person may do so. There was a recent poll that said 67% of Seattle residents have thought about leaving. The currently elected mayor says the current situation is certainly unacceptable. Homelessness isn't about affordable housing. It's about mental illness and drug addiction. No one is doing anything about those issues. Anyone who isn't mentally ill or a drug addict could just move a few miles away to a city where housing is affordable for their wages. In Seattle, a retail worker with no other support may not be able to afford local housing. Without any mental illness being involved, the choices are go and pitch a tent in the park or move to Ellensburg two hours away and a retail job will pay enough for a small apartment. The mentally ill that are on the streets, for the most part, just need to be housed and looked after. The drug addicts need treatment and a job so that they can look after themselves. They don't need housing provided to them. They need to grow up and be responsible. Therefore the only housing component to the homeless situation is for the mentally ill but no one is raising taxes or even talking about rounding up and housing the mentally ill. We had those kinds of facilities in the past and that was ruled as unacceptable yet what we have now is much more than unacceptable. Sometimes the problem with "democracy" is that there is no common sense adult in the room.