Dylan Ratigan half-jokingly said we Americans "like to pretend we have democracy", but all the money going into politics really makes our system a complete sham. I thought it was terribly provocative to realize, hey wait, we don't even have DEMOCRACY? What the hell? I'm going to dwell on this point for a long time.
One of our problems is that people ingest propaganda and then fool themselves into thinking it's their own opinion. I think we have a facade of democracy, but not a genuine democracy (whatever that is).
I vote for Democratic Presidents. It does feel pretty useless. I didn't vote when Gore lost, and I just wonder how people feel who voted for him and know that in reality he won but we ended up with 8 years of GWB instead. I did then vote for Kerry, who lost, and then Obama, who won. But then look at what has happened since. Okay, things would have been even worse if it were McCain/Palin (shudder), but Obama didn't take any stand against the banks, he didn't pass a truly national healthcare system, he didn't do a lot of things that the left stands for. He took a middle road approach, a compromised approach, which, being better than what those on the right are advocating, isn't a truly leftist alternative. So we on the left have to choose between going full right or some compromise with the right. We don't have a true democracy where our voices are represented. So revolution becomes a real alternative for us.