What is the greater crime against democracy? Telling people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear? Or giving people facts and making them turn away from the political process out of boredom and frustration? Simple: Sound bites are crimes of omission. But we can't complain because our emotions are dialed into sound bites, and our reason has taken a collective vacation. Politicians are forced into a game of "inspiring" voters. As a result, we are under-inspired, and we make choices that are the lesser of two evils. Is democracy about being the best? Or about being the least bad? I hope for the former and fear the latter.