An interesting conversation from Limbaugh's show, with a caller who doesn't want to be engaged in politics anymore. Rush's attitude was that yeah, this election was crucial in deciding what kind of country this will be, but at some point people's patriotism will kick in again and bring them back into the fight.
My own frustration, what I would've said in the caller's place, is that the game is already over but Republicans are still playing. It's already established that the government can kill us without trial, take anything we have, and force us to literally lick Congressmen's boots on command, and we have to submit because anything the government does is legal. And the party's leaders don't see that, or don't care, and are only focused on how they might rebrand themselves to keep playing the same electoral game they already lost. The budget will not be balanced, the government's power will not be reduced, and the Constitution will not be re-established as meaning anything. Not by winning elections or scoring meaningless points in budget negotiations. Submit like a good slave or start thinking of how to, peacefully, resist.
I'm not an Objectivist, by the way, but was looking through a book by one of Rand's disciples again, thinking about what I see as the flaw in her work. There's a nice quote near the beginning that applies to the level of a whole culture:
A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation -- or let your subconscious accumulate a logical junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self-doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown.
If our culture teaches that its laws are fundamentally unjust, its principles evil, and its founders villains, and there's no coherent argument being made for why national socialism is a better thing, we get a country that sets off fireworks on July 4th and waves the Stars and Stripes, while not caring about anything it was supposed to stand for.
One other thing: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/m