Even though what Attikos says is true, it is true for any government which currently exists, has ever existed or will ever exist; it is a constant in life like the constant threat of violence in society or the danger in driving your car from place to place. it is unbiquitous.
Consequently, his observation forms a baseline from which we must try to progress, to do better. For America, that start was with the Constitution, with a big C, and the responsibility it set upon the shoulders of the citizens for which the government exists. As both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson well knew and espoused, for this form of government to be successful, the People must be virtuous in exercising their responsibility toward their government.
So, in this long winded answer to your question, no, the elected leaders haven't gotten us into this pickle, it is the people who elected them and let government get in the shape it is in that must take the responsibility.