I was reading another blog this morning and (of course) disagreeing with the general premise of the argument the guy was making, and I decided to make sure I had the phrasing right in my response to the rationale behind the establishment of our American government. There's a reason we don't study the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to any great detail in our public schools. It's dangerous stuff for people to have ingrained in their thinking.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." (*emphasis added)
We forget this second part, because we hear the first part all the time as justification for getting the government the hell out of our business. It's the more important part, though, the basis for my liberal thinking. We need the government the hell IN our business. History has shown us for generations and generations (and I mean long before there was a United States) that, unchecked by the people, the powerful will eventually and always become despotic. I would submit to you that the plutocracy we have become is on the verge of despotism even now.
I still believe we can turn this around. We just need to remember: we are not a capitalist society at our core; we are a democratic republic. It is the job of capitalism to create wealth, but capitalism is a rabid beast; it is the job of a democratic republic to control the beast in such a way that ensures the safety and happiness of the people. Government regulation is a requirement to that purpose, in other words.
Forget about taxes and spending. They're all - Republican and Democrat alike - going to tax and spend. All we need to be concerned about at this point is who is going to govern in such a way to secure the safety and happiness of all the people and not just some of the people. If you're like me, a struggling middle-class citizen with children, I believe this is the most important election of your lifetime. This is the turning point where we, the people, decide its time to throw off the plutocracy we've been ruled by for the past two or three decades, or resign ourselves to their future rule and watch the American dream fade to black.