Yet from my experiences traveling Europe a few times, people there are much more aware of American politics than we are as a whole, and FAR more involved and educated on their own politics than America, and this is a reason a lot of them disrespect us. I've heard it from a number of people I've talked to, how blind and stupid Americans are towards politics. It's scary to them, and it is to me as well.
A great example of how involved they are was this fall while I was in Budapest, Hungary for a semester. Their president was caught on tape in a roundabout way admitting to lying about some things he said during the run up to the election (I believe they over stated some of the sucsesses he was responsible for). They RIOTED for 4 straight nights, as well as a massive (I heard quarter of a million people, and protests are STILL going on today there, and will until he leaves. Everyone in the country was aware of what was going on and was demanding he leave office. Compare this to the how much we know about the Bush admin lying about the case that lead to Iraq, as well as everything else that has happened and all the curruption that we know about, and yet we don't do jack shit. It's sad, and scary, that we sit back and let our country get shit on for 8 years. We need to be sending our message more clearly... like this:
A video my friend shot as I stood next to him. The police line is in the direction they drive.