The country needs an "Attitude Change", that's what they told us when we were kids, we needed an "Attitude Change". The whole Country needs one now.
First off we need to change our attitude about who is responsible for the condition of the country. The law makers, our Representatives, are not responsible for this mess. They have caused it. But we're responsible. We are the Government. And by this mess I mean America the violator of its Constitution, of it's basic moral philosophy, of the current economic and political inequalities, our educational inequalities, and the lack of equal employment opportunities, etc. etc. etc..
We are responsible for the mess we've become, for violating the trust the previous generations put in our hands. And we have violated them. Ms. Maddow lists many in her book: 'Drift'. For example, five wars that the U.S. fought without Congress declaring war, as the Constitution requires. Torture: the army published documents proving, or admitting, we have tortured many people at Gitmo - Guantanamo Bay. And remember, the Constitution explicitly, in the Bill of rights, says no man can be compelled to testify against himself ( 5th Amendment); and there is to be no cruel and unusual punishment (8th Amendment). Torture is simply not a debatable issue: it is legally, morally, and humanly bankrupt. It is outlawed by the United Nations and they have found us guilty of having committed it. As a nation, we are out of control: the Constitution doesn't matter to our representatives: they don't even debate their completely ignoring it anymore: "it's old news". It's not Patriotic to want to be Free from Government intrusion! We're living in 1984 30 years later than Orwell predicted. Nixon had a 40 person enemies list; Obama has put us all on it.
The population is as disgruntled as its ever been. A change is being called for but no one is offering a viable change. "Occupy WallStreet" is fine, but futile. Chomsky has advised them to pull things together with many of the other 'activist groups' in the nation, like the labor activists did in the early 1900s: many small unions pulled together to form the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations [sic]), and the A. F. of L: American Federation of Labor. But the Labor groups knew what they were fighting for: bargaining rights for the group, equal representation of the men, and equal footing for them at the bargaining table with the owners.
Nobody has offered a solution to the lack of respect for the Constitution, lack of respect for the people, for no equality of opportunity an no access to the powerful. Everyone is trying to coerce the representatives to go back to believing in freedom, equality, and justice before the law. The representatives have no incentive to do so. They have taken over making laws completely disregarding their constituents and they have been taken over by money religion, party, ideology, self-aggrandizement, as their prime objectives. And they have no need to change, no incentive to.
What needs to change is our attitude toward them. We simply must go beyond them. It's not just that the political parties have corrupted themselves with the power grabs they've boldly taken and implemented, its that we have settled for impotence. We scream and holler and know it is useless and ineffective. We engage in accurate criticism and take no action, believing there is none to take. We have accepted impotence as a political fact. It isn't!
We simply have to be responsible again: responsible for our own laws, without depending on elected officials. We are the Government. We have failed. Not the representatives. We have failed to take control of our own fate because its simply been easy to let them rule us - while they did it with some belief in the principles of inalienable rights and equality things weren't too bad. But now, now we can vote directly on the laws. No representative are needed. Technology enables it. It is easy. But it takes the courage to give up the dependence we have accepted for all these years: the dependence that follows the belief that we need to be represented. We Don't.
And the idea that we can get "good" representatives just doesn't work. A representative wil lbe a human being whcih means she, or he, is emminently corruptable.
If we change our attitude we'll change our future and finally accept our full responsibilities as citizens in an Actual Democracy: make and vote for the laws ourselves. How are they going to bribe, scare, hoodwink, manipulate and coerce 200,000,000 million voting lawmakers? Doesn't look easy to me.