I used to be very involved with local politics at the local level (city, county, state). I lost interest when I realized that local and state (there are no city) Republicans aren’t that bad for the most part. Don’t get me wrong, they’re very corrupt — even moreso than their Democratic counterparts, which is really saying something — but they’re nothing like the apocalyptic cult that the Republican party is at the national level.
Everyone should read that piece that mistermix linked to earlier, by the former Republican staffer bemoaning the state of his party, because it gets things just right: the Democratic party may not be awesome, but it’s essentially sane. I think this goes for Firebaggers and Obots alike. I just don’t hear a lot of truly crazy policy positions from anyone on the left these days.
Nearly all of our political problems are caused by the fact that one party has gone completely insane. I just don’t see how it’s possible to have an intelligent discussion of American politics without accepting this basic fact. Having Jon Huntsman on your show every damn week doesn’t change this fact, it doesn’t even do a very good job of hiding it.
That said, I think this is taking it a bit too far:
What has been the worst 10-year stretch in American life?
It’s a timely question as the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. This grueling decade surely stands among the nation’s most challenging.
For the first 80 years of history of the United States, millions of people were held as slaves. It’s certainly true that the craziness of contemporary American politics is caused by the bitterness of people who are mad that African-Americans now have civil rights. But there’s no way you can convince me this craziness is as bad as slavery itself was.