We're way off-topic, but I doubt this will last long enough to warrant starting a second thread now...
First, you overestimate your own importance and certainly mine.
Taking responsibility for someone you don't even know is - well, suggesting that you have control over them. Do you? If not, it ain't your fault. Human beings are notoriously fallible.
I don't overestimate our importance at all. If I was important the bastards would make me wear a tie.
I don't underestimate the importance of everybody in a democracy taking responsibility for the actions of their government though. At the very least that means staying informed instead listening to rehearsed sound-bites so that you can develop a truly informed opinion.
We do have a certain amount of control over our governments. We elect them. Bush won a second term despite the fact that he has mangled your economy, let oil companies write energy policy, and lied to start an illegal war.
Here's what I mean about responsibility...the rest of the world understood what Bush had done well before your last election. The world press reported widely about the various problems with Bush's claims of WMD before the war started. They wrote and spoke extensively about the problems Bush had forming a coalition with anyone and had to bribe several countries, including Austrailia, with rade and aid deals. Some of your own press, such as The Nation, did the same. There was much discussion about a US invasion being illegal before the invasion began. There were articles, with much dicumentation about torture in Afghanistan before the Abu Grahib story broke.
All of that and nearly every American I talk to says either that they didn't know or that Bush has been doing the right thing and acting like a saint. He got a larger percentage of the vote the second time around than the first.
If democracies are for, of and by the people, then the people bear some responsibility.
The subject of this thread was not about Bush, but somehow it always seem to funnel back to him. Or his rotten government.
Or his this-that-and-everything.
That's because, and I don't think that most Americans really understand this, what your president is doing is having a negative effect on the entire world. Even your domestic laws, like drug patent legislation and agricultural subsidies, have a huge effect on the rest of the world. Your foreign policies can absolutely destroy entire continents if you aren't careful. People talk about Bush because of the damage that he is doing.