Far more people need to understand this and have the proper disregard for their "good intentions".
What far more people need to understand is that the American (or Australian) government is a democracy. You can point to several ways in which it is not functioning optimally, but they all boil down to the same problem -- a willfully ignorant and/or apathetic electorate. All the gripes about corporate influence, religious agendas etc., while valid criticisms of the status quo, reflect the same basic dichotomy -- either people don't bother to assess their own interests and vote accordingly, or they are and you (or I) belong to a political minority.
In a democracy, if you dislike or fear your government, you dislike and fear your fellow citizen. If you dislike or fear the very concept of government, you dislike or fear the very concept of human civilization. That's fine, but waving your arms and trying to convince those same citizens that they should fear themselves as much as you fear them, is a tough row to hoe.