I've backed off quite a bit on overt political content ("Vote for so-and-so!") here: I think the U. S. is doomed. Probably doomed to a long, slow Roman Empirish-ish decline -- "History doesn't repeat, but it rhymes." Doomed nevertheless: too much is given away from the public purse to too many. It adds up to a solidly pro-Leviathan voting bloc, especially when one includes government workers, and it is an effective majority already.
So all that can be hoped for at the ballot-box is to wage a valiant defense. You will lose; I will lose. Vote in the Great Libertarian Hope and I'll still bet on losing in the longer term. U. S. citizens are less free than they were in my childhood and they are likely be even less free when my great-niece and nephews are all growed up. If I vote very, very carefully, they might be only a tiny bit less free. They may even have gained a little in some areas while having lost in others.
The soap-box can do some good; but while the pen may be mightier than the sword, that's only in the broad hindsight of history: we still read Mencken but it no longer does him any good. At any given single point in time, the sword speaks louder and with greater personal immediacy. --And in re swords, the cartridge box won't fix matters, either; while it's a great way to say NO! to criminals, it's damning to say "No!" to a government that way when all around you are shouting YES!*
However, recent history (...U.S.S.R., anyone?) suggests that past a certain size, insolvency and degree of smug self-containment, the beast may collapse of its own weight -- at which point some application of (with luck) pen and (if needful) sword may actually do a little good. But that's not politics as presently played and bedammed if I will wish my own country such dire fortune; right, wrong or rotten to the core, it is still my country and I will keep on voting against the worst as it slides ever downhill.
I won't kid myself about which way entropy slopes; and thus, I'm not writing so much about politics. It feels too much like arguing about how thick the filling should be in a big ol' crap sammich.
* The American Revolution's 1/3 for, 1/3 against and 1/3 who'd go along with whoever was winning is sometimes cited as a miraculously narrow scrape -- but it's rarely understood. The critical third are the ones who'll just go along; if they are hoping the opposing factions will just go away, the enterprise is doomed. Ponder this in light of, say, voter turnout and be enlightened. (A whole third solidly pro is, by the way, pretty good as modern revolutions go.)
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