I recently realized a little more about how we got here, with the current political climate and the theft of our liberties.
1. Corrupt people gain office and fill their pockets and those of their "friends" with our money. They also fill other offices (appointments) and give them authority over citizens without a single vote (usurping authority not given them by the people).
2. Corruptible people gain office with good intentions, but are then quickly turned by the carrot of ill-gotten personal gains through stealing from our treasury and by being given authorities stolen from the people.
3. Good people gain office, but are eventually turned because their constituents do not uphold and support them. They are not held accountable to follow the rule of law, work to remove corrupt politicians (which is as much their responsibility as it is ours) and actually promote (not control) the welfare of the people.
These people in #3 look to hand the baton to the next citizen in line so he may return to his private life and allow the next person to fulfill their obligation by gaining office and serving for a time. But there is many times no one of good moral strength of character like him to which he may hand it over. So, in order to protect the office from corruption he retains it beyond that period within which he can stand and then becomes like him identified in #2.
So what do we do? What is our plan? We are in only one person. What difference can we make against such a tidal wave of corruption?
Get involved. Don't faint before you even enter the battle. You don't think you have the strength to make a difference? Ok, maybe you don't. But God does and He is anxious to freely give you His strength. Draw close to Him and seek His support to take the position He has for you to make a difference. Seek, act, document results seen and broadcast them. Encourage others, support others and maybe they can make the difference you seek.
Contrary to current public ideology that we have all the power within ourselves, that we are autonomous and gods of ourselves. We need help and support from each other and, dare I say it, from God. The real God, not some fabrication of our own minds.
Stay humble, seek common ideas, build on those. Gain strength from God. Gain it also from friends and neighbors when possible. Stand alone in God's strength if necessary.
If you hold office and temptation is starting to look "not so bad". Get out. Better to leave the office to an opponent for time than to lose your integrity.