* Sometimes Congress actually does pass a budget before the government is shut down.
* Sometimes the cops catch the robbers.
* Sometimes a city government admits it was wrong in enforcing an unconstitutional ordinance without having to be sued to get it to fix its mistake.
* Sometimes the U.S. Supreme Court does the right thing.
It doesn't happen all the time. But, it happens often enough that I haven't entirely lost faith in "the system."