Many American's say that Washington is broken, they never do what needs to be done. We have elections every 2 years, and we hear the same promises from politicians year after year. They spew the same old focus group tested speeches that get their base to vote for them. Those who raise the most money and get their name out generally will win the election. This is really because most people are politically ignorant and apathetic.
What have we learned? Nothing. I say nothing because its the same old story in Washington, no matter what side you are on, you get the usual speeches. They tell you what you want to hear, and they do what ever they want in the end. They have these knock down, drag out fights over ideology and then compromise their alleged principles. They grow government, take on more debt, and increase the bills to the taxpayers. They tell you they had to compromise in order to not default, or pay grandma, or whatever excuse they come up with. So they compromise on the very principles that got them elected. They will have a nice photo opportunity after the grand compromise all smiles and shaking hands and slapping backs. The masses will be happy because they don't have to listen to it anymore, and they can resume their ignorance.
How do you change it? Obviously it cannot be changed by elections. What other options are there? Let us look to the United States Constitution for answers. Article V of the Constitution.