Re: "We either need a violent revolution (hint: that's bad), or...." The problem the voters face is that we fear the government, the government no longer fears and respects "we the people." There are methods short of armed conflict that could restore the balance of power between the people and an out of control government. To name some examples - strikes, mass demonstrations, sit-ins, etc. - in order words the methods of Gandhi and King. Civil disobedience is also an option, as both of these leaders practiced.