The most important thing wrong about our government isn’t partisan or even governmental: it’s us. The United States Government was designed to facilitate the needs and reinforce the rights of an active citizenry. Not coddled toddlers.
The populace of the United States has demanded more and more of its government, and in a representative democracy, it has to listen. The Jack-in-the-Box E.Coli outbreak in 1993 was attributed to poor meat handlers and processors, but the question all over the news was, “How did government let this happen?” We need a rational approach to the role of government, not crying out for more, ever more. Our country feels safe, and we make it as safe as it can be, but it was never intended to be a playground with all the sharp edges filed off or covered over in plastic. America is still wild. Civilization is still new. And people are still people. We can lament and distrust them, or we can see the good in people and understand how to negotiate with their interests.
This is the one really good thing about community organizers: they activate citizens to be citizens. they do so by fomenting dissatisfaction and distrust, but hopefully many of those people remain active in politics long after their one or two issues are dealt with. The key is to have informed and able citizenry. Foreign countries should hold our interest more than Jersey Shore does. I believe history should be discussed in bars and cocktail parties, and politics be discussed in places less likely to start a fight. Americans should understand who we are, and where we came from.