I did over-do the whole party politics things with the Australian Democrats which I have put well behind me. I let it consume too much of me to the detriment of the other strings-of-life. I now have an aversion to too much politics. However I still try to do my bit every now-and-then coz this stuff matters. I barely pay attention to current issues and that can be embarrassing. But then I do say in assorted online profiles that I am into "political history". It works for me - by the time something is history you can get a fuller picture of the whole thing rather than all the moment-to-moment "who says what" stuff. I shall let more well-informed friends tell me anything important for now.
I get involved in the odd bit of lobbying or activism. I will admit that I have a long Facebook 'flist' partly so that my odd linking to something political gets a wider coverage than it may otherwise get. I will go to a rally sometimes. I am hoping to become a regular attendee at a monthly Amnesty International (AI) letter-writing brunch over a cafe in Clifton Hill. This is all stuff I can manage much more than the old craziness.
And I am happy to impart to others what I understand from both past study and experience. I love the way I have an automated online politics test that informs users of political ideology (beyond the simplicity of "left and right") while I sleep. Also I am happy to vent my frustrations in a creative way with another online project.
Me First! is my imaginary spoof political party which started as a way for me to express frustrations at the way things are in a minor political party. It has since gone onto become a more general way of satirizing or just having fun with political issues and concepts. And because it is a "joke" I can get away with saying all sorts of things. Most of it I will admit is ludicrous but sometimes - just sometimes - I do think some of the things I put there. I will let you decide which is which...