Because of the United States' establishment as a haven for individuals seeking a high degree of personal freedom, and the astoundingly stable upkeep of its status in said regard, this Realist recognizes it as being the most effective and equitable public sector social structure to have ever graced the face of the earth. Those of us born here can never truly recognize exactly how lucky we were to have been; the millions across the world who strive to become Americans through legal means each and every year are an enduring testament to this. While it is undeniable that our political situations are far less than ideal, we should remember that ideals are floating abstracts, and wholly subjective ones at that. One person's utopia is another's living hell, and thankfully, due to our federal government's labyrinth of checks-and-balances, we will never have to discover just how true this is.
Nonetheless, as politics is what defines a social structure's value system, we are faced with, you guessed it, another question; what do the values of our government say about us as citizens, taxpayers, and, hopefully, voters? Are you proud of the current state of affairs in Washington, DC, your state capitol, or your city hall? Yes? No? If so, why? If not, why? In any case, how are you going to either ensure that the status quo is upheld or make some positive changes?
"Life," an old friend once told me,"is what you make of it." If nothing else, politics is, too.