The political status quo should really be called a statist quo. People would rather accept as truth dubious facts handed down to them by an authority figure than do any research on their own and check out those supposed facts against an objective source or one with a different opinion. People “know” Franklin Roosevelt and his alphabet soup of programs ended the Great Depression. A lie from the prince is more readily believed than is the truth from a pauper.
Government controls those beliefs by hijacking the dictionary and playing puppet master with the mainstream media. When the dictionary is hijacked, definitions are reworded and the meanings of words get changed. Call something the PATRIOT Act and people will believe the implication of the name rather than take the time to read and learn that the bill’s contents are anything but patriotic.