If you have not come in contact with Mario Savio and the concept of 'Free Speech' this may alarm you. Often political action requires direct action by the people.
Below is an excerpt from Mario's famous speech of December 2nd 1964 on the steps of Sproul Hall U.C. Berkeley.
"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
You can discover more of the legacy of Mario Savio and the Free Speech Movement here. Click. If direct action is not part of your political activity you are most likely doomed to spinning your wheels in the muddy slough of American politics. The same American politics that chooses to let the poorest among us suffer a few more hunger pains in order to benefit the wealthiest among us.