what would happen, if the "real people" of the US, just took all the time & energy spent bemoaning the gov't... looking for someone to blame... turned off the "sky is falling" TV... and just applied that reserve time/energy to raising their kids, working and living the best they know how? Nowhere did the founding fathers promise that government was going to provide "happiness", you know? Nor that everyone would be blessed with identical resources or lives (because THAT seriously interferes with freedom, OK?) I mean, it would appear that us "real people" know how to have lives, balance our budgets and keep on, keepin' on... and we can - and do - take care of our neighbors too (in exchange for help when we need it...). I mean to say, that government is beginning to make itself irrelevant to the majority of us out here in the USA. If not a downright obstacle most of the time, as long as they're trying to change all the laws of nature, life, how things work, and are desperately seeking an affirmation that they're important to the process. There is no "news" anymore - it's all propaganda for one party or another. Horror stories that blow simple events all out of proportion into potential catastrophes. Like the weather channel's dire warnings about a typical summer thunderstorm. It's rediculous. It's pretty clear that the concept of "parties" no longer represents the complex beliefs - both right/left - of most "normal" people. We're ALL "us" and we're also ALL "them" on different issues. Being "right" about what to do, or what was done in the past, is a hell of lot less important these days, than just doing what one person can, to have a life and be a decent human being right now and not be expecting "someone" to take care you when you screw up (no matter who you are.) What would happen if we just did what we know how to do, do it well, and do it in spite of the meddlers and muddlers who think they know better than we do "what's supposed to be"? Don't each one of us get to decide what that is for ourselves - and work for it, take responsibility for mistakes & successes - ourselves? This seemed to work just fine, until the gov't showed up and said they were here to "help".