This is a multiparty frustration. Left and right. As policies get systematically blocked, we must seek out the Thoreauvian root skill.
On what the alternative is: We must find ways to get around the cancer at the center of our government. Ordinary means are not appropriate. We need active, engaged politics. We must reclaim governing away from the professional politicians. It may not be possible.
Link to Lawrence Lessig's book: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It
Link to video at Blip.tv: Republic, Lost
Boston Review Interview with Lawrence Lessig