If we want things to change, we need to put effort into making the changes happen. I'll be the first to admit, I suffered from extreme burn out in those 8 long G.W. Bush as president years. I did all the things they say to do, write letters to government, took to the streets in mass protest, supported those who chose civil obedience, and were arrested in protest. All of it fell on deaf ears. Furthermore, the Bush 2 administration kept coming up with new and more offensive atrocities, people could barely have time to react to one thing, before some other human right violation had occurred.
People were suffering from serious fatigue.
A regime change in the United States held some promise of serious change and a new direction. 3 years into that presidency, only a small percentage of voters feel the new administration is doing an adequate job. We are financially in ruins, but the war budgets remain the priority.
I can't whitewash that fact, because of partisanship. If something is wrong, it is wrong, regardless of political affiliation. The previous administration was not held accountable for it's human rights violations, and the new administration has chosen to perpetuate the wars.