The fact is the people are mostly clueless to the dealings or don't care or so busy with their lives they don't care.
The quote and corrupt government go hand in hand with Greensboro's government, only Greensboro does not have an army.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough,
it will be believed.
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it,
and eventually they will believe it.