Thanks, Laven, glad to be appreciated. And I like your point about making an effort to change things. I wouldn't say democracy is a cure-all, there are too many other important things that fall outside of it (like education), but it is a useful tool for a lot of things that I wouldn't want to trust to a dictator/king/despot/CEO/grand lugnut. I get the impression (based solely on a handful of comments) that Gregory has no idea what to do, and rather than admit to feeling helpless, he's instead aggressively condemning those who do act (rightly or wrongly).
It's not easy to know how to solve every single problem in the world, but deer-in-headlights is seldom a useful reaction. Voting is difficult (if done right), but unlike a lot of actions you might take, it has a clearly measurable immediate consequence, and we can map out indirect implications from that. For example, in 2009, I skewed the election results by 0.00000006%, which was actually more than I'd like. I would rather have had that effect than no effect at all.