"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty."..........George Washington
Â What it basically says is that political parties that put their own success over that of the country's will be the death of America.Â Â
Here is a really good article to read http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/01/beck.future/index.html
One important thing to think about is to stop worrying so much about who runs the country and start worrying about who runs your towns, your states, and your congress.