The breakdown of government is not due to the failure of public policy or the conflicting policies of partisan factions in the body politic. It is due, to a great extent, to factors under the radar of both popular media and sophisticated or academic thinking.
The last round of reapportionment in Alaska didn't meet any rational smell check. The heavily right-leaning redistricting board focused on pitting political rivals against each other and erected new obstacles for left-leaning candidates and incumbents in their home districts.
No single election can resolve the underlying drivers of partisanship. More and more, compelled by the deep imperative for our safety and survival, we are circling the wagons of our own unique groups and treating those with whom we disagree as the enemy.
Some Americans will vote for either Romney or Obama based on their views on abortion or gay marriage. Other voters may choose a candidate based on the health of the economy. This November, I will vote based on the latter. Which is why I am voting for Gov. Romney.
This bigotry is not based on what color your skin is, what religion you happen to believe, or even what sports team you root for; it is instead based on the eternal American self-confidence that your political opinion is the right one.
Does watching cable news, reading the newspaper or browsing websites make you personally miserable? Chances are high that you're making one critical mistake and likely adding to our societal woes in the process.
I think as people continue to see so much of politics as usual in this town -- partisan bickering and big money buying votes -- they are increasingly likely to vote against whatever represents the old politics for them.