Do you guys think that there are many distractions in politics, and why do you think there are distractions introduced or contributed? Not everything is strictly a distraction, but does have some bearing on a decision process. However, if you are presented with so many variables that you are unable to make an effective decision, then this is a strategy which favours some interests. Only by having an acute mind and reflecting on the accumulated effects of information, as well as the information value itself and the underlying model view as a system can you effectively reach a decision. When chaos is induced by distractions resulting in dead-locks and indecisions - the emotionally appealing choice is an authoritarian solution to "bring order to the chaos". Unfortunately, most people have little integrity to resist this temptation. Therefore are the negative conservative forces exerting influence on society through misinformation, negativity, strong emotions, conflict and destabilization successful in offering authoritarian control. Democracy promoting open information, personal freedom, adaptation, progress and sustainability are the losers when people cave in to the negative conservative influences, don't you think? Most of you here debate utterly inane naive issues that have absolutely little or no bearing on any decision that is going to be made by elected politicians... why bother? Why not look at the reality and central important issues for effective decision-making and adaptation to changing conditions?