The more I think about Left and Right in politics, the more I believe that another label is needed to make room for libertarians, limited government conservatives and independent liberals who haven't sold their souls to the State. A political coalition is possible that could challenge both parties, but time will tell if this is possible. One more term of Democrat intervention and Republican capitulation ought to make it clear that the status quo is not changing without extreme pressure.
Among statists, it's been popular to address anti-statists by proclaiming that we are government, so if there is criticism against government, it's against ourselves, but this is not a valid claim. Politicians promise one way of governing, then when in office use their power to do the opposite of what they promised. The public is responsible to blame for demanding that representatives bring home the bacon, but we no longer have control over how individual representatives act in the statist system -- if you vote one out, another comes in and does the same thing. Plus, government is made up of a huge, bloated bureacracy which is on auto-pilot and is outside public control.
The public's becoming more informed in the Information Age, but we've got a long way to go -- we'll see how people react to the marketing blitz on the Left to re-elect Obama and a Democrat congress, and we'll see how the Republicans act, or fail to act, to limit government and implement a free market. The current hoopla surrounding the bin Laden killing is not a good sign -- if our nation can get caught up in manufactured military glory and ignore the serious problems caused by our statist system, then there's been little change.
The road forward for those who atttempt to limit government power might be a lonely road. I don't feel good about what's happening right now -- the nation's being led by manipulators, and there's nothing they won't say or do to stay in power -- they'll even paint themselves in the colors of the flag and pretend to be selfless servants.