The moral of the story? Be active in your communities, your state, and your country. Do something.
Be active and know why movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street spring up. Understand why we have both a Military-Industrial-Complex and a Medical-Industrial-Complex. Leave the TBTF banks and go for a smaller credit union.
Read laws and read bills, that is what corporations and institutions are most afraid of is to scrutinize every bill that they come up with. Once you start gaining knowledge, that is when they lose their power and that is when true democracy begins.
In other words, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."