Yeah, this is one reason why I haven't written much lately, because I'm feeling pretty good about the future, politically. Thus, it has been hard to work up enough angst to push me to write.
I should note that I'm pretty certain the Tea Party-driven Republican Party will continue to inflict damage on this country for the next few years, but the more successful they are at obstructing progress, the quicker they will fail nationally (they will become dominant only in the rural South and the 90%-white states, but scorned everywhere else).
The Tea Party/Republicans know deep in their hearts that they are losing. Only a desperate party engages in such egregious gerrymandering of Congressional districts to keep their majority status. Only a desperate party engages in one of the most un-American activities: purging voter rolls and devising new ways to make it harder for citizens - especially those who tend to vote against them - to vote. Only a desperate party gleefully shuts down the government and considers crashing our economy to get their way. Believe me, a popular, confident political party does not have to engae in these tactics.
The second reason I feel good about the future is Obamacare. Despite the Republican Party's best efforts, Obamacare is eventually going to work and be mildly popular. The Republicans made a political decision that their entire future depends on Obamacare. They have insisted that Obamacare is the most hideous government program ever, and that it will destroy our economy, destroy our medical-care system, and rationing care in a way that will allow the government to choose who lives and who dies. They have staked their entire party's reputation on this hoping to gt the American people to rise up and stop Obamacare before it can begin. It was a gamble and it's almost certain now that Obamacare is here to stay (though certainly flawed initially).
The third reason has to do with Pope Francis, and I may be a bit premature in my assessment of the direction he is headed. For years the Catholic Church has been a leader in the hard-right's divisive, anti-abortion, anti-contraception, screw the poor movement, but it appears that this new Pope, from Argentina, plans to refocus the church's attentions on the poor and those who are hurting. It will be interesting to see what affect this has on the Catholic Church in the U.S. It could split the church and it will almost certainly strain the Catholic/fundamentalist Christian coalition that has developed in our country. But I think it will energize the liberal Catholics who have left the church in disgust. I think this will have a big effect on politics, for the better (at least from my point of view!).