There are some people who think it's pointless to vote, that our system is rigged against us anyways. Or only vote in "important" elections, because it really matters which corpocratic party is in charge of the White House. The truth is that the oil spill in the Gulf would have happened under either party's watch, because they all receive corporate contributions to look the other way while rich people get richer, usually at the expense of those less fortunate, the middle class.
The reality is, the only real important elections are at the state and local level. Real change can be effected when you're imposing an idea on a smaller group of people. No better example of this can be found than in Texas, where the newly elected state board of education has issued a curriculum based on Christian "values". Because, in their minds, the US is a Christian nation, and in their feeble minds the words separation of church and state never appear in the Constitution.
This is the beginning of America's decline into a full-fledged Idiocracy. What these mouth breathing television watchers don't understand is the same principle that allows them the freedom to practice their belief system also allows me the freedom from having their belief system imposed on me. A belief system so narrow that it's knowledge filters require that Thomas Jefferson's importance in the establishment of this country be denied, while championing the somewhat dubious achievements of criminals such as serial adulterer Newt Gingrich and chronic napper Ronald Reagan. None of this will make their children, smarter, or better, only as useful as a dick on your elbow.