The issue is that managing the social contract still requires effort. A great quote I saw the other day was thisIt should have become abundantly obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that the problem isn't this party, that party, or the other party, it's the fact that people in power will almost always use what power they have. The exceptions are rare, indeed.
The social contract exists so that everyone doesn't have to squat in the dust holding a spear to protect his woman and his meat all day every day. It does not exist so that the government can take your spear, your meat, and your woman because it knows better what to do with them.I’d like to extend this to say that it doesn’t exist so that your meat and women can be taken by others to be distributed amongst who they feel are served better. No, the best way to protect yours and your own is to do more than just sit there and point your spear at those who come near you.
Like the man said, Eternal Vigilance is the price of liberty.
I don't believe the Republic is a lost cause at this point, but it'll take more than just sitting around bitching to fix things.