Stop staring and start acting.
Dare to make a difference, don't just duck.
It is not only [though you should] casting a vote, or saying "did my best", is about going all the way out there and making change happen.
Take some time off facebook, msn, etc... and use it to design a strategy for whatever you think your country needs. When you are done with a good/implementable one, use the time to take it up with the proper people.
You will do better than any politician because
a. you are not in it for the money
b. you will have chosen something you believe in
c. you have no hidden agendas
And you will get big revenue:
a. you will get to know people who will support you beyond your strategy
b. you will get noticed, because above all, you are highly motivated
c. you will be filled with new research that will allow you fresh ideas
d. if it works, people will be thankful with you
Who knows, one-hundred-million motivated people trying to do a difference, and at least one will succeed.
This is not charity! You are doing it because you want to be productive in a crisis-economy!