The protests against the Vietnam War were successful eventually.
Not at first but a groundswell started with a few dedicated people.
Labor unions created the "weekend" as we know it. Social Security
was quite a battlefield when it was first employed.
Margaret Mead's quote is applicable here, the one about the small group of people changing the world. I have seen this happen with various world events such as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and "Perestroika". There were a small group of dedicated Americans in Russia talking to Gorbachev through his doctor. One of their messages
was about "a new way of thinking".
Attitudes are changing about the LBGT community.
There were segregated libraries dramatically integrated in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. Change is happening in Wisconsin as
corrupt politicians are being recalled. Change does happen when people who are dedicated to it start with small groups and enlarge.
One person's "conspiracy" may be another's "fact". I consider
what Republicans are doing in todays House of Representatives a conspiracy to undermine democracy as we know it and replace it with
a theocratic authority. ALEC is part of this process.
Change happens. Small groups start it. A Black president? Who knew!