The real problem here is that it is very easy to create new laws, it is just very hard to create good ones, and almost impossible to repeal bad ones.
I think you are stretching this analogy to government farther than it will go. Many of the Perl::Critic rules are very useful and it's absolutely trivial to not use ones you don't like.
You cannot vote for tax breaks and against cuts in health care, you gotta take the package.
At YAPC::NA in Chicago last week, nearly every presenter who mentioned PBP said "except for a, b, and c, which I think are lame." The Perl::Critic presentation emphasized how to choose which tests to use and turn it off for sections where you need to. People are not having any trouble rejecting parts that they don't like.