(1) "Participating" in a government by voting to try to influence it is one thing; being a shill who lies (for money) to protect a corrupt government from being exposed is something very different.<quoted text>
Americans!! Of course whether you are willing to accept that you already participate in the U.S. government by voting, belonging to any political party, paying taxes, having ever attended any school in the U.S., having a driver's license or any other ID, served on jury duty own or rent property or even in the act of criticizing it or protesting against it depends on your interpretation. Nonetheless, every day you remain in this country you are exercising some form of participation in it whether you like it or not! If there were to be a war that occurs between 'Americans' and the federal government it will end the moment there are no 'Americans' left who participate in it.
(2) The fact that people participate in a government by voting doesn't make the government legitimate; it's not a democracy if the government is secretly committing crimes against its citizens.