There are a thousand excuses not to get involved in anything that we perceive as a challenge to our mental serenity. Some of your friends and family and, occasionally, you, have gotten disgusted with the amount of work that needs to be done to reclaim an American "high ground" where we take the role of steward that would truly reflect the purported greatest about which we pound our chests in the worldwide media.
And, frankly, it only comes down to this relatively small challenge. Pay it forward in your own precinct, block or neighborhood. Show the stewardship we yearn to reclaim in the places you influence. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, don't pass on stories of negativity about government, listen to others complaints kindly and quietly and then change the subject to something positive that is happening in the world or in your life. Start building these kinds of relationships in your world and you will be an ambassador with continued influence moving folks to the voting booth, or into a volunteer position or even just into a better frame of mind.
Executive Director, Democratic Party of DuPage County