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Is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people?

Asked by wundayatta (58525points) July 28th, 2011

If not, then who does the government belong to? And what should we do about it?

This is relevant mostly to people from the US.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

It’s supposed to be.
It you don’t like it get involved with local and national political campaigns.

poisonedantidote's avatar

The government is of the corrupt, by the the lie, the greed and the violence, for the personal gain.

picante's avatar

I think our (US) heart is in the right place; our collective heads are squarely up our asses. I am disenchanted with the current state of affairs that I would generally describe as growing polarization that will ultimately gridlock our governance. Good leadership and governance is about consensus-building and commitment. We seem to have lost a shared sense of purpose (and that thought is not original to me).

I don’t have the answer—I wish I did. I’m beginning to favor one-term service in the hope that marketing a candidate’s electability is moot. I favor accountability and transparency, but I don’t know how to achieve that.

In the end, I’m no better than the grandstanding goobers that have us in lockdown right now.

thorninmud's avatar

As long as it costs $8.5 million to get elected to the Senate, and $1.4 million to get elected to the House, then government belongs to those who can deliver the cash.

What can we do about it? Public campaign financing.

SpatzieLover's avatar

It is. And, what people should do about it is get involved at the local level as much as they can.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The government is of, by, and for the people only to the extent to which we are involved with it. We can be involved by voting, campaigning, working, and voicing our thoughts to our elected leaders.

Blackberry's avatar

No, it’s for the money.

Ron_C's avatar

All big governments are corrupt to some degree. Unfortunately the U.S. government no longer really governs. It just passes on orders from the country’s owners and they are certainly not the people. Makes me wish for the good old days of the American robber barons. At least the monopolies and under the table deals stayed in the country. Now who knows where the profits go?

josie's avatar

It should be. That was the idea.
At the time the phrase was articulated, the US was still only three generations removed from when the inhabitants were ruled by a King’s caprice

The notion was that government can not help but be corrupted by power and money.

But times change. Currently we have a government of the government, by the government and for the government.
Check out their perks and priviledges. Pretty sweet gig if you have no conscience.

Kardamom's avatar

It’s supposed to be, but it’s really not. The government is for and run by people or groups of people (like corporations) that have money. Money=Power in the USA.

The only way to have any impact on changing things is when most people pay attention, get out and vote, stand up and voice their opinions and concerns, stage protests, stop buying stuff from the power holding companies, write letters etc. etc. etc. Unfortunately most people in this country don’t do this out of laziness, a belief that their voice doesn’t count, or because they’re too busy dealing with their every day lives to have any extra time or patience or know how to do these things.

Plus our country is so polarized on what each side really thinks is right and wrong or good and bad or helpful or destructive or effective or ineffective that it’s hard to see eye to eye with each other. So we fight and argue amongst ourselves and don’t have the power, knowlege or energy to fight the holders of the power. : (

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