Kill (politically) the Democrats
We've seen enough examples over the past five years to be able to say this with complete confidence. The Democratic party is the leader by a wide margin in voting "irregularities" - better known as cheating. The Democrats want to promote judges that will legislate from the bench, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, than those that will judge based upon the written words of the Constitution and the law of the United States. The Democratic Party is more interested in stifling the Republicans than it is in passing needed legislation on the budget, border control, national defense, or any other issue.
The oath taken by every single congresscritter is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and to bear true faith and allegience to it. The majority of Democrats, and all too many Republicans, put re-election and other personal interests above the needs of the nation.
There is only one way to end this political death spiral: the 17th Amendment MUST be repealed, and senators once more be appointed by the governors of the 'several states', as originally intended.
Our founding fathers were a lot smarter than most of today's lawmakers take them to be. They understood that direct election of candidates would result in office going to the highest bidder. They established a check on this by having Senators appointed by the governors of the states, with the approval of the State Senate. They had a very definite reason for this: the lower house would be elected to represent the will of the people. The upper house would be appointed by governors to preserve the rights and privileges of the states. By appointing senators, those senators would be people the governor best felt would represent the interests of the state, rather than the people or the largest contributor to their election campaign. This would "remove the money" from senatorial appointments. It would also protect the states from unfunded mandates and the erosion of the vested powers inherent in the state.
The 17th Amendment destroyed that, and our nation has suffered greviously for it. Today, a Senator is just a more powerful Representative, more interested in getting re-elected than in protecting states' rights. Their vote is often decided by outside interests that may have no bearing on the needs or desires of the state involved. The entire practice of 'earmarks' has come about because of the direct election of senators.
We will never get a balanced budget until senators are once more appointed, rather than elected. We will never get the 17th Amendment repealed as long as there is a Democratic Party.