I am more jaded about politics than about anything else I can think of. I have no confidence and no trust in any politician.
I used to have slightly more trust in the Republicans than the Democrats, but Dubya and his cronies have ruined that for me by utterly failing at virtually everything that has traditionally been considered Republican -- small government, fiscal responsibility, strong defense. They succeeded at none of those. Spend, spend, spend used to be the Democrat's motto. Looks like it caught on! And if anyone would have stood on principle and actually done something of substance to curb illegal immigration, you would think it would have been the Republicans. But nope! No one seems want to deal with that either -- except the American people! The only thing that the Republicans seem to have done a decent job at is pro-life issues (although we won't know for sure until we can look back on his court nominees). And I won't even start on the war!
How nice it would be if I could turn to the Democrats! Unfortunately, they are socialists in sheep's clothing who, while emphasizing tolerance for every intolerable class under the sun, will institutionalize more and more intolerance for the public expression of Christian ideas! While I appreciate their stated concern for the marginalized of society, I disagree with the entitlement/hand-out policies that come from them (and more recently from the Republicans, too). The one thing I think they would do a pretty good job on is environmental issues. While they are often manipulated by radical environmental groups, any policy changes that could come about would probably be things that good stewards should do any way. But the party that champions all things anti-life and pro-alternative lifestyle (translation: immoral lifestyle) is a party that I'm not very comfortable supporting.
So how will I vote? Who knows. I am intrigued by the Libertarian Party, although their pro-abortion stance bothers me greatly. But this sounds pretty good:
"Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering -- as long as you don’t violate the rights of others. Politically, this means Libertarians favor rolling back the size and cost of government, and eliminating laws that stifle the economy and control people’s personal choices" (from www.lp.org)
And I think that, since they are not in power, they probably haven't lost their integrity and they still actually operate on principle. Maybe that's just wishful thinking.