The perversity of govt. is in direct proportion to the lassitude, yea, the irresponsibility and wilfull ignorance of the populace subj. to such government. Govt can do no more than that ultimately permitted by the quiescent and diffident populace.
In the battle against govt, our most effective tool, long-range, is an appeal to conscience. Such an appeal will, of necessity, take a seemingly inordinate amount of time. But, in the long run, it will be far more effective than an immediate, passionate appeal via rhetoric.
Conscience carries, though she takes such a long time to awaken!