We're living in a toxic political environment, and both right and left share the blame. The right shares the blame for not articulating a clear alternative to statism, reacting to the left's diversionary tactics, and failing to focus on limited government, individual rights and a free market. Some have focused, but the rest seem to believe this whole conflict between statism and limited government is about political power, getting the Republican Party elected, or establishing control over the party by one faction or another.
The left shares the blame for using despicable tactics to maintain power. The left is using the cheapest, most cowardly tactic of all -- accusing their opponents of racism. I won't go into a tit for tat on the race issue, but in the 21st century, this tactic doesn't work, and anyone using it ought to be ashamed of themselves -- they have no credibility.
Anyone on the right using race as a scare tactic is just as despicable. There's no need to discuss race at all when debatng the conflict between statism and limited government. The right should not highlight the race of an opponent, and the left should not cry racism when the right is criticizing someone on the left who happens to be a member of a minority group, especially when the criticism has nothing to do with race but with political beliefs and unscrupulous actions -- such as the ACORN issue, and Van Jones' involvement in radical causes -- neither of these have anything to do with race and everything to do with ideas and actions.
I'm at a point where I'm moving away from both parties and the poltical jackals in between until one shows some sanity and integrity or a new, viable party emerges. What we need is a private sector revival, not a political war. Citizens of all races should be standing against government overreach and statist policies which are destroying the economy and bogging us down in two wars -- not to mention violating privacy rights and threatening to infiltrate the internet, even more than they have already.
Forget about all the political class buffoons who self-style themselves as "elite" - They're a joke. Hardly any of these clowns know anything about production and creating new wealth, living in peace or existing in diversity -- they want to divide the nation and weaken the people in order to maintain power. Washington DC has grown into a monstrosity which needs to be cut down to size, and all the parasites living off of it with their useless games and snarky superiorty need to support themselves with honest work -- we need to quit feeding the monster.