^Well, on that same thought process--that Gorkon (or even Azetbur) would be the last
one Worf would respect would thus prove her point nicely--especially if they were the only honorable leaders in the last few centuries.
But still, I think in the end, Ezri's point was that the Empire had abandoned, recently or not, its Founding Principles--and that any society which does that will crumble and die--and deserve to.
As Alexander Hamilton said, "A nation that prefers disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one."
Or Ben Franklin, "I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other