The forefathers and the founders of this great nation, at its inception, set aside their personal and local differences and came together around the common good which would come to be known as the American Dream. Many of them fought and lost their lives against the King of England and their fellow Aristocracy as they exploited the colonies for the single purpose of gaining wealth and power. Once again we find ourselves being exploited by the greedy and power hungry, however, now they take a different form and utilize different tools to do their bidding and steal prosperity from "We the People". Now, the greedy and power hungry have gained such great influence over all three branches of our government that our elected officials no longer represent our interests. Now the Aristocracy have become an Oligarchy and they have purchased Supreme Court favor and as a result Corporations have the same rights as we the people and Money equals Free Speech.
We elect people to go to Washington DC and represent our best interests. But with corporations buying elections through campaign contributions, lobbyists with special interests wining and dining our representatives endlessly, and the revolving door between Washington DC, Oil Companies, Fortune 500 Corporations, Big Banks and Wall Street Investment Firms, we are lucky if we get the scraps. "One if by land, two if by DC", with the wealthy utilizing the corporate doctrine and protections, legal loopholes and purchasing favors from our elected officials to siphon off our prosperity it would be more appropriate now to "Light all three!". Fact: Over half of our elected officials in congress are millionaires!
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776