And backing off to write about my views of the underlying causes often makes me angry *and* leaves me feeling like a conspiracy theorist.
That said, it's marginally easier to discuss these things on LJ than on FB, where my major friend base centers around a relatively apolitical interest. I'm better off not knowing what opinions some of these people hold, because Studies Have Shown that friendships are not improved when you say things like, "Okay, you say you're a Christian, but you don't follow anything actually taught by Jesus." On LJ my friends list more closely mirrors my own views.
So occasionally I'll cowboy up and dump my rage on LJ, perhaps after, as suggested, I toss it in a salad bowl with some fresh-cut humor and irony. Sometimes I'll include the ratings on my special "how far up your crotch do I want to kick your balls" scale of retribution. For example, right now Rep. Eric Cantor's testicles would be lodged firmly in his retropubic space, if I were there, wearing my special shoes.