Sitting in Michael's Lap
In a perfect world, serenity, we would be allowed to choose between two or more candidates who, despite their differing opinions on this or that issue, were nevertheless ALL caring, concerned, and upstanding members of society with a genuine interest in the "service" imperative which would seem to be inherent in the idea of "public service offices."
Which is to say, in a perfect world, there would be no politicians, only leaders.
The problem here is politics. Heaven forbid that a candidate be anything more than a puppetlike extension of the ideals of his or her political party -- such a radical departure from protocol would result in a swift and irrevocable political death. It is the unfortunate circumstance in the United States government that there is little chance for success of a Presidential candidate without the support of one of the two major parties. Even the standard by which federal campaign finance funds are granted is based on political parties; if a candidate secures 5% of the national vote for President, he qualifies his party for federal funding in the next election.
So, unless a candidate is extremely wealthy and capable of financing his/her OWN national campaign (which carries its own set of complications; i.e: he/she 'bought the election'), the vast majority of Americans who do not have thier noses in politics on a regular basis will never be aware of any candidates other than those thrust upon us by the Democrats and Republicans.
In short, sometimes the frying pan and the fire are the only choices we have. Of course, we could always choose to have someone else choose for us by not voting ourselves ...
Remember: maintaining a positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will certainly annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.