Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex and its growing power, but it seems to me that corporate influence in general runs the show. I liked Obama in 2008 and will vote for him again because Romney is another W. in waiting, but I have plenty of grumbles about O's administration: the influence of Wall St., the influence of Monsanto and other Big Ag heavies, downstream repercussions of drone use, continuance of the Patriot Act, etc. It would be great if a strong third party could emerge that wasn't headed by or supported by whackjobs, to shake up the gridlock and partisanship and to bring some new perspectives to the issues; that ain't happening soon.
A lot of people consider themselves fiscally conservative, socially liberal/libertarian, and prefer moderation to extremism. Are we really being represented? Or do we have to avoid the worst in politics and effect change via the marketplace? And how do you "vote" against Big Oil, for instance?
"Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow." -- Eisenhower, in the military-industrial speech. He'd be mortified by today's politics.
The more I think about politics, the more I want to get off the grid. The food grid, the oil grid, the pharma grid, the Internet, all of it.