Cynicism bothers me for a lot of reasons. The big one is that it's easy to feel like you don't have any responsibility if you assume that the government is totally corrupt. I mean, obviously the government is at least a little corrupt. The one I want to talk about now is the argument that it doesn't matter who gets into office, because their promises are all lies anyway. First of all, lying is hard -- the number of politicians who would have to always be doing it is beyond reasonable. But more importantly, even if they are all lying, they're telling different lies.
What the lies are does matter. If you're being cynical because you want to avoid having to think hard about the future of the world, you'll pretend that it doesn't. But if you want to believe that the whole system is so corrupt that there's nothing that can be done to clean it up, then the only thing that can be done is to nudge the lies in a better direction.
If we're living in a police state, the government doesn't want us to know that. In a dystopian government, how they lie matters.
If you think America is a dystopia, and you think that better lies aren't not good enough, become a revolutionary. But "All politicians lie" is a crappy reason for cynical indifference.