I'm not saying it works, mostly due to the fact that ours is a society that has grown rather lethargic in recent years. Voter turnout is exceptionally low, as is the average citizen's involvement in politics. I only gave you it's purpose, nothing more. And honestly, what you suggest about "Murdering people" Over SOPA? No need, because it didn't pass. SOPA was a lesson in what happens when the American people actually get involved in their political system and tell their leaders what they want, not in our unwillingness to kill eachother.
I was attempting to devalue your "empower the citizens" quote with an irrational example. That was the "murdering people". I'm not sure which side you're on. I'm in favour of your freedom to purchase and use firearms recreationally, but I see a large amount of handgun deaths and wonder what can be done about it. Regulation, faster ambulances, and free bulletproof vests come to mind. What do you say?
Just as it is irrational to think all you need to do is elect a president to do all the work, it is equally irrational to think social problems like the ones we have will go away just because you pass a law or two. Ours is an inherent problem within our society, largely to do with a high escalation of crime. In any other nation, the gangs with have in our country would possibly qualify as paramilitary and would be cracked down on much harder than we are willing to. Doing so however would likely turn America into a large scale Tijuana.
I get the feeling that you and others like you feel that this is simply a matter of passing the right laws or electing the right people. But that's really just the beginning, any rational solution to our problems will likely involve decades of societal reform, cash, work, toil and effort on the part of our nation to secure our interior.