I was thinking this morning as I listened to WHYY that maybe some sort of politician group of women should be brought in for making decisions on things like reproductive rights and care. It seems strange for a majority of men to be making decisions regarding things they can never feel or experience. It would seem better for a group with female reproductive organs to make the laws regarding them. But that will likely never happen.
Even still, politicians should be able to connect with the people on things that they don't share with them. They should be able to understand the needs of women even though most of them are not women. They should be able to understand the needs of the poor and working class even though they are wealthy. The ability to put themselves in someone else's shoes would make the best politicians.
I like to believe (as exhibited by The Wire, Boss, Political Animals, etc) that politicians do get into politics really wanting to do good, but along the way they make concessions on some things to make other things happen and end up creating policy that doesn't help The People at all, but help the people that help them. I like to believe that politicians at least start out wanting to do good for the citizens of this country.