As an American Baby Boomer, I’ve lived under two different systems of government:
Post depression/post WWII and pre 1980s government:
Government of, by, and for the People requires:
- Government with the moral purpose to equally protect and empower ALL the People such that 1) People’s individual freedoms are maximized and 2) Economic, social, racial, and environmental injustices are minimized, and
- Active participation (voting and paying citizenship dues) of a majority of the people to maintain such a government.
Post 1980’s government:
Government of, by, and only for the successful requires:
- Government with the focused purpose to protect and enrich only the successful such that their individual freedom and wealth are maximized without concern for any resulting injustices, and
- Active participation (voting, lobbying and campaign payments) of just the successful, and their admirers, to maintain such a government.
Fortunately, I benefited greatly from both the former system of government and many other factors. Unfortunately, even though my daughter, and others her age and younger, shared similar factors, they will continue struggling with the latter system of government.
The latter system, which is killing our middle class, will continue until we re-learn that government of, by, and for ALL the People is key part of the solution.