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why does the government have all the power and the people have none

this country was based on one thing freedom and the freedom of the people made this country to what it is today i believe that we are in a time when that is being threatened with people in power staying in power and only selecting the few to get in this cuts everyone one else out and in the end will lead to the demise of this country.
what do u think when you hear this?


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  • Jul 12 2012: Well, I think that there are a number of ways to approach your question.In fact 'we the people' do have the power to change our governments if we wish to. A couple of things about that. The electoral process is our accepted way of making change. For people who want a change in face of leadership, or cosmetic change by way of new or altered laws, that system, in a geberal way, satisfies there need to have a voice. For others who yearn for more significant, or radical change, voting for change isn't an immediate or powerful enough tool.
    That democratis government is riddled with corruption, and that it requires a lot of 'back room dealing' in order to 'get things done', is difficult to dispute. However, since the human invention of government, that has always been the case, and it isn't likely to change. Neither is the reality that societies will always need some form of representative government.
    In our modern world, particularly in 'civilized' North America, revolution by the populace hasn't been a cause for fear in a couple of centuries. The power of the 'people' to control governments has waned as our prosperity and populations have grown, to the point where elections have become a sham as an indicator of our freedom. Society has evolved to the point where we are such that wealth, not public opinion is the avenue to real power, and that isn't likely to change any time soon.
    The only real power that 'the people' have .to engender real change is to break laws; in effect, to take up arms if necessary against the government that rules them.Libya, Egypt and Syria are countries where 'the people' have done and are doing just that. In North America, 'the people', vastly over-fed and living reasonably comfortable lives in a culture of corporate led consumerism, are unlikely to take the revolutionary path in any significant numbers. In effect, we capitulate our freedom and deeper desires for human expression to the power of government, corporations, and the wealthy

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