I think it's a mistake to give up on the government. They represent us, and as far removed as they are from regular life, they are us.There needs to be both a drive for change from within the population, and a funneling of that change through the lens of our government. We need both to effectively enact change within our society.The problem that you're tapping into is that the balance is off. The governmental system is so manipulated, and the science of staying in power is so refined, that the average person has less access to the governmental powers of change than ever. The common man's power is only as great as the value of his/her vote. Politicians have done an incredible job at minimizing the impact of single votes. At this point, the value of a vote is less than that of the dollar. Therein lies the issue.What we need is a reclamation of government, not a jettisoning of it.
I don't think the answer is completely jettisoning the Government, nor do I think that @sam marshall was trying trying to make that point. I do, however, think that a complete and utter reliance, or too much of a reliance on others, is never a good policy for a people. I think that a happy medium needs to be found, and the voice of the people needs to come through louder, and resonate deeper. Washington has devolved into a city of crooked politicians, and bribed opinions. (Mostly) gone are the days of fighting for a cause and establishing an opinion. Nowadays, opinions are given to those who should be forming their own by individuals or corporations that have the wherewithal to in essence buy a candidate and a vote.America needs to speak up and stand for their rights, and stand firmly by their beliefs and judgments.
Exactly what I was trying to say, only much more eloquently written. Thank you @Shmuel Goldis
I disagree only because our neighbors should want to help themselves. People are becoming dependant on the government and if I were to help them instead of the government they would simply become dependant on me.