Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The founding parents of [neoliberalism] were political figures on the right such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, who rose to power by besmirching the role of government. Reagan declared that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Two centuries earlier, the founding fathers of this country had created a constitutional government in order to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." Now the instrument they had created, an instrument that had helped to make the United States one of the most successful societies in history, was declared the enemy of these things [page 19].
Our Constitution opens with the words, "We the People." It’s time we remembered that "We the People" are the government,” Biden implored. “You and I. Not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force we have no control over. It’s us. It’s "We the People."