I believe that people who live in a democracy such as the United States ultimately get the government a majority of them deserve. It is reflective of what they believe and what they think is important as well as their communal intelligence level. One can argue about the unfairness of the Electoral College (which I agree should be abolished) and Citizens United – money in politics but the fact remains that we are the government.
That being the case looking at the candidates for president 2012 (especially Mitt Romney) Americans don’t deserve much. I watched the first presidential debate of 2012 and I do share the almost unanimous feeling that President Obama was not on his game, that he was tired, listless, poorly prepared , looked down when he should have been looking at Romney. Worst of all, he didn’t bring up any of the numerous Romney crimes, gaffes etc.-the comments about the 47%, Bain Capital and Vulture capitalism, taxes, Swiss bank accounts etc.
But despite Romney’s frantic performance ( considered a win by the short attention span surface media), Many of his comments were just untrue. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-first-debate-mitt-romneys-five-biggest-lies-20121004
The fact that Americans spend their time worrying about body language and who got in who’s face rather than what each candidate is actually saying is indicative of how superficial and dumbed down Americans have become.
Of course, a lie is only a lie in debate if you are called on it and Obama didn’t call Romney nor really attempt to engage him much at all beyond pointing out in a wonkish not very eloquent way the fact Romney’s budget/tax plans don't add up. At this point I felt Obama was trying to channel Bill Clinton's convention speech “arithmetic” but with far less success.