Friday, August 7, 2009

Tired of Both Parties?

Over at the Front Porch, Michael Federici has written a post excoriating both political parties for their "large-scale government solutions to political, economic, and social problems." Federici writes,
The two political parties were largely indistinguishable in their respective responses to the recession. While Republicans promote the war state, Democrats advance the welfare state. In either case, big government and politics are the solution.
Federici makes the observation that with there not being any real difference between the parties, that there is going to be a new type of voter that will be equally frustrated by both parties. More and more voters will find that neither party is representing their idea of the good life nor the means by which to achieve it.
What may become more common is the voter who is disenchanted with both Bush and Obama, annoyed by both Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann, and in search of a new brand of politics.
There is a need to get away from the politics of transformationism, or what Federici calls "metastatic faith," which is the "belief in the transformative power of political action that changes human nature and the very limits of politics." The idealogues of both parties are exhauting and frustrating us. We cannot keep up this type of politics that drives and consummes the nation's energy. Government is not the answer, it cannot "create the ethos that makes liberty possible but it can help protect and preserve it."

Before we burn ourselves and our Republic out, a more modest approach is needed. We need a more realistic understanding and agenda for what can be accomplished in political life, while maintaining a positive, realistic outlook for the Republic. We need to develop a "disposition of mind and imagination that prepares individuals for the work of recovery and reconstitution as necessary and never-ending parts of civilized life." This modest approach cannot be achieved through government, but can be cultivated in the mediating institutions of society--for example, families and community groups. It starts locally--it starts on your front porch.

Read the entire article here.

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