There's always a dark and sinister side to populism, but as long as we have people who can stand off and make fun of it all, we'll have the best of checks-n-balances.
And when it comes to the issues of Net Neutrality, that's kinda the whole fuckin' point. Fight for it.
Because "Checks and Balances" is a metaphor, not a mechanism. It doesn't work if we don't work it.