The problem we lefties have always had is that we think the other side is playing by the same rules. They aren't. Republicans put their agenda before the good of the nation and before any moral notions of right or wrong. People like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are sociopaths who have no notion of the real damage they do to real people's lives with their horrendous policies.
Take these petitions, for example. Do you honestly believe that Republicans in Congress or Republicans in the Electoral College are going to listen to 4 million, 5 million, 10 million signatures, act according to the will of the majority, and forget their agenda? The only reason Republicans didn't rig the elections of 2008 and 2012 is because too many people turned out to vote for Obama.
If another 4 or 5 million people had voted for Clinton last month, we wouldn't be in this ridiculous position today. Progressives need to start putting the same energy they have for outrage into electing locals who will forward our agenda, who will build a real national organization that works to realize their goals, that works to put like-minded politicians in power. That's the only way we will defeat the Ryans, McConnells, and Trumps for the world.