Democracy can still work, but leaders elected by a handful of voters isn't democracy at all. Your neighbors, your kids and your property values are all counting on you to guide your town to a future that's supported by a true majority.
Does Joe Lhota truly believe that anarchy and lawlessness lay just beneath the surface in New York City? Was he on vacation abroad during the blackout of 2003, within which New Yorkers comported themselves with dignity and altruism?
All of this has provided tangible rewards, albeit not the media-friendly variety that the opposition had become used to. Indeed it may well not be until the next parliamentary elections in 2015 that the benefits of a grassroots focus become apparent.