It has long been my theory that democracy is an entity that can only exist if the people themselves have faith in its ability to work. That is, if we lose faith in the power of the system, then it will actually begin to lose power. It's kind of like Santa Claus. Belief is the most important aspect to maintain a functioning democracy! We are one of the few countries in the world that if we see something that needs to be changed in our government, with hard work and dedication, it TRULY can be changed! I'm talking about you... sitting right there reading this. If you really truly believe that something needs to change in this country, then you have the ability and the fundamental right to go out there and make it happen.
Now, please don't misunderstand me. Things don't just change because you think they should. It takes a lot of time and dedication and extremely hard work, but trust me... you can completely make a difference if you put your mind to it. This country isn't, nor has it ever been, about instant gratification. That type of mentality is for monarchs and caste systems. I worry that our selfishness will lead us towards that someday.
Giving power to the government and allowing them to force selflessness is wrong. Plain and simple.
We have to believe in the fundamental goodness of humanity and encourage self regulated selflessness. That can only come from a common belief in the same system.
So hop back on that wagon! Understand what a great country this is and how you can change it, because it won't work until you do. Perhaps the only way to get back to that degree of faith is to put us through the tribulations of a different government. I can only hope that I never live to see that!
Get your butt out there and stand in a picket line, sign a petition, fill out a ballot... anything to show the rest of the world that you believe!
p.s. I promise I'm working on a book to review ;-)