To be free, to have sovereign control over our own destinies, to create a good life for ourselves and our families by the sweat of our brow and the application of our will, to be able to defend ourselves against tyranny and to be able to meet and worship with others of like kind. These are the principles America was founded on. The Framers preferred less government than today's self styled "anarchists" do. They knew that for democracy to function meaningfully, the populace had to be sufficiently educated and invested in their own welfare. They set us up to be self-deterministic and it is only with a self-deterministic populace that democracy or capitalism function well. In a population of cynical hedonists that care more about what the government owes them than what they can achieve for themselves, democracy becomes the farce we see it today and capitalism becomes corporatism, brutally manipulative and concerned not with offering the best product but producing products the cheapest with most profit and creating a society of shallow narcissists driven by immediate gratification and the quantitive validation of strangers.
There were outside forces pushing hard for this shift. Who we were, not just in America, but in the world, only a hundred years, is worlds different than who we are today. But, regardless of outside forces, the fault ultimately lies with us. We traded liberty for security and luxury. We bought into the rat race and slapped our kids down in front of screens and sent them off to be indoctrinated in public schools while we chased the corporate dragon of fame and fortune. We gave up our sovereignty because we stopped valuing it. Fortunately, as the fault lies with us, we have the power to change things. While we still must operate within the confines of the Modern World, we can be informed consumers and citizens, we can shop and support local, we can plant gardens and spend more time with our families or in nature. Those born out of place in their world were born to change it. We can change the world. Even if it's one small act a day, all of us, together, cumulatively, can affect real change. We Rise Together.