“So...I assume, then, our representative form of government is run by idiots who just sign stuff...OK, got it.”
Yes. That is exactly right, and should not come as any surprise to anyone. Anyone, and I mean anyone could be a Senator or Congressman, or a President. What differentiates the rest of the population from those in office is that those who seek office have big enough egos, thick enough skin, and malleable enough ethics to allow them to effectively play the game.
It is essential that the stature of public officials be demoted from celebrity status. They are supposed to be public servants. it should be considered a privilege to be a public servant, not a right. All public officials, all of them including the President, should be addressed by citizens by their first name. In response, ALL public officials should be required by law to address citizens as ‘your honor’.
By taking away the ‘stature’ aspect of public office you will start selecting for those people who truly want to serve, as opposed to the narcissists we have now.