Until you realize the error of your beliefs, you will just be another tool. Do some thinking and stop adhering to a simplistic religious world view (unsurprisingly one which is promoted by the power elite.)
A functional democracy will reflect the flaws of it's people; as Franklin said, all democracies fall into despotism. It is not an eternal system, it is bound to fail and have to be rebuilt because it runs on humans. Nothing you do can create a perfect system as long as it runs on humans. Sure, someday a computer could take over and then it would be "perfect" and everlasting but humans don't like being dictated to for that long... even if the outcome is as close to utopia as possible. Humans require struggle and will create one if need be (unless you can create a "Brave New World" of distraction and avoidance. Then only a small % will revolt and the computer can then breed those people out.)
It is true that power has migrated towards the top; but that is only a problem with corruption which in turn is the peoples' collective fault. You can't fix things by rebooting to more localized power because the flaws that led to this remain and will just continue. Power mad people will by their nature migrate power to themselves. In addition, it doesn't matter a whole lot if my state or federal government goes too far; it still impacts me the same (other than it being easier to relocate to another state than another country; moving isn't that easy.) I for one, was never a big fan of the change to have the public elect Senators. They should have remained appointed by state legislators; the argument was that it was less corrupt to have the public do it... well, if states were so easily corrupted... all the popular vote did was to delay the spread of corruption (and in some ways increase it by making the fed less responsive to the states.)
What I thought was the obvious conclusion to my statement is that we need a salary cap and severe limits on corporate power. Your local government if you didn't realize it yet, is at the mercy of every rich person or large corporation; your state government is easily overpowered by a national corp and not hard to corrupt by local state businesses. If you want local government, you need limit the size of the threats opposing them. Today, our "all powerful" federal government has been lost to multinational private entities; it wasn't even powerful enough to maintain integrity - and the public not competent enough to defend it... You must not know much about your local gov, same issues go on there and just because they are small targets doesn't mean they are anymore immune. When Walmart wants something your city will lose; until that time you can go ahead and feel that it works better. Naturally, being smaller, they are not targeted as much... give them more power... then they would be bigger targets AND weaker.
The 4th branch, the press, was publicly funded with 3% of the GDP and afforded a semi-non profit status up to the civil war. Some minor changes would be needed today but the founding path was the correct one.