Politics goes on at many levels and ultimately involves community service, not just power. For example, helping out at a local soup kitchen, dispensing food to homeless people, is politics at a level feasible for anyone who cares about his or her community.
There is, however, in America, a very strong and vocal segment of the population which has a visceral mistrust and hatred of government and regulation in all its forms. They have a vote in the world's showcase democracy and yet do nothing but gripe about 'goobermint' taking away their rights. Political dilettantes they are.