Square one is to get it straight one and for all that "politics" isn't just more part of the problem than the solution. Politics IS the problem since it is now totally a dem/pug puppet game to protect and perpetuate America's Dictatorship of the Rich (aka, the elites, aka, the “Have’s”).
Want proof? Just look at the elite sucking up behavior of the 2006 Congress of DLC right wing dem traitors. This "Democratic" (what a laugh!) congress obeyed Bush's slightest whim even when his poll number were in the toilet.
Politics has been lovingly and elaborately constructed by the elites to give the peons, peasants, and slaves (now called the working class) the illusion that the will the people is manifested through their "elected representatives".
Remember, our founding father’s battle cry of "no taxation without representation" exactly addressed this issue. However, since DLC = RNC, and most dems are closet pugs, WE HAVE NO representation.
Obama, may or may not be a minor (at best) solution to this, but his appointments to date reek of elitism.
So, short of a literal revolution (which historically usually makes everything worse), what realistic options do Americans have, since politics, to borrow a turn of phrase from an ancient Zen Master, "is like washing off blood with blood".
So if politics IS the problem and if revolution isn't an acceptable alternative for most Americans, then how can we save our dying country and the life and death ecosystems of human existence?
Ironically, the most catastrophic event since the Civil War may be our only hope. And that event, of course, is 9/11.