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Clearly articulate and explain the awful state of the political system in the US. If we start with the idea that a united-federal republic is the best model for our present and future, and that power should be divided according to the constitution in three branches of government then it makes sense what Mann and Ornstein are saying. And the solutions to the problems created since the 70s, when the "government is the problem" (Reagan words,) are out of reach, not well defined, and obscure to the population at large.
But history has shown that the only constant is change. We must expect changes in our most fundamental ideas about what government is and should be. Old paradigms are now being redefined and old ideologies, like 'libertarianism" have been embraced by prominent politicians like Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul. It might also mean that under the surface other ideas are being developed but they have not being exposed by corporate media and only on cyberspace blogs are talking about a new socialism or even anarchism of the style favored by intellectuals such as Peter Kropotkin (To read about what he wrote in 1910 click here).
It is strange to see how left has become right and vice versa the old democratic (pro-segregation) south has become republican anti environmentalist. Changes have occurred in our political system that for many people have been unnoticed. Social short memory has blinded voters in their understanding that changes occur and that there are physical forces that guide these changes. The advent of new communication technology and the integration of a global system that allows for interchange of goods and services, and (most important) ideas will bring for sure a better future. One will not depend so much or so directly on local politics. Even though paradoxically politics will always be local.
On the other hand, Living Life As A Thank You (book written by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons) the future through the lense of present gratitude really looks different and more positive.
The whole political arena is transformed to what each individual can create as a personal relationship with one's environment. And I mean environment including everything and everybody specially those who we care and they care for us. This attitude is as the subtitle implies "The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude" where in the power of the moment one is able to completely transform the future. In this new context the political structure becomes in a way irrelevant and to certain extent transformable as well. If new political boundaries based on new trade, interest, and security develop, it is because the old boundaries have lost their appeal and the new ones become immediate and productive. Productive in both areas the social and the individual, separated conceptually but intrinsically interconnected and inseparable.
Will we see in the near future a separation of political entities, a disintegration of the republican state giving rise to an international federation ruled by trade and multinational partnerships?
Will this new paradigm be good as good things are, or bad as bad things are?