A friend pointed me to a recent piece by Molly Ivins (click the title above to link to it or go to: http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=20250). In it, she exhibits similar aspects of distaste as mine to what the current political climate seems to be doing to the country we both love.
I'm not in perfect agreement with all Ivins's thinking (e.g., just because a majority of Americans want a higher minimum wage or would support a windfall profits tax for oil companies doesn't necessarily mean those are good ideas; the majority of Americans also believe only heterosexual couples can fully enter into certain civil contracts), but she gives voice to some of the frustration I've been feeling, and supports my growing sense that momentum might be building for a major shift in American politics.
More on that later. For now, read what Molly has to say.