I think a lot of people are tired of our political situation. It seems reasonable to try to start at the local level if you want to try to change things because at that level one is more easily heard for you views rather than party dogma.
I often wonder what happens to political movements and why they fade over time. In the 60's we had the anti-war movement and it seemed a whole generation of young people who wanted to try to change things. As the war ended, so did the movement and everyone went back to their lives, got older, and now are the people in power. Of course, those older ones now in power were not the ones out there marching in the streets, they were the ones who were cursing the hippies. Then there are the Jerry Brown's, of Calif. who are still trying to get something progressive done, at least I think so. I think apathy, and to some extent, the fact that people like LostInTheMist just get worn out from beating their heads against the wall of two party politics, are the reasons that we can not get things to change in this country. What happened to the 99% movement? Where did they go?
I am one of those older generation and personally, I think if anything I have become more liberal with age, mainly because I have seen what the neocons and the rest of conservatives have done to us. We go through endless wars, Korea, VietNam, Gulf wars, and other skirmishes for what exactly? Why do we spend billions in foreign aid to prolong fighting in the middle east, for example when we have crap for health care and education at home.
Maybe someday we will get someone who will keep fighting and find a way to galvanize people into changing our system, getting a third party started that will stick. Don't give up LostInTheMist, keep fighting, be the one who organizes and rallies the masses.
I for one, see this country slowly, ever so slowly, moving away from conservatism, and becoming a little more progressive. Obama could never have been elected 30 years ago simple because of the racial aspects. Hell, Kennedy barely got elected because of the Catholic thing. Kennedy today would be called a conservative. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" Kind of rules out Medicare, Medicaid, Student loans, Social Security and a whole host of other benefits.
I have always paid my taxes, played by the rules, served in the military, and I ask, "What is my country doing for me?"
The answer seems to be, not much.
(Sorry, this seems to have turned into a rant)