Trust me, Sparky - this was NOT my first stop. I'm known at the mayor's office, as well as the Governor's (well, last administration). And while I was seen typically as a pain in the ass at the mayor's office, I did get some things accomplished.
I do lobby. And I hear what you're saying about the scale of problems. it's so easy to feel like the other poster and say "why bother?" But I believe that each time you pick up a piece of garbage or some other such thing, you're not just picking up trash -- you're communicating an idea to others. I think that's how you have shifts in attitude that lead to larger accomplishments.
I'm a wee bit miffed that people instantly assumed that I was addressing the forum readership, or them directly, with my observations of poor behavior. If you read what I wrote, I think I made it pretty plain that I was not doing that -- but I WAS saying, "please do more to try and head off that type of behavior - somehow, any way you see fit." Because I know the jerks wouldn't read that, and/or wouldn't care. It's peer pressure that will make a difference. You all are much more representative of the peers that they'd listen to, and I have faith that you guys have the sense to know right from wrong, generally.