The same old platitudes, ideas and empty promises will not change the status quo. If we continue selecting our future candidates in the "same, old way", in the future, we'll wind up with "the same old politicians" in office and nothing will have changed; national insolvency, economic inequality and a dwindling middle class will remain the order of the day. Only future legislators with concrete and verifiable ideas can make meaningful change possible in our society.
However, we cannot select candidates and then let them fend for themselves. The fact is that, if we let future legislators to their own devices, no matter how "patriotic" or well-intended they may be at the outset, they will eventually succumb to the lure of Dark and special-interest money to stay in office — this is what most human beings are inclined to do and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.