There is almost assuredly more than one applicable phrase to our times at large from this story about trying to change antiquated liquor laws, but that’s almost certainly the best one.
Housing? Things are bad on purpose. Policing? Things are bad on purpose. Climate policy? Things are-
Well, you get the idea.
However, the flipside of that is that a group of people coming together can make changes. But the effort to make that change is one that needs constant assistance, from what I can tell.