The idea of blaming a leader or "government" for our ills or prosperity, may have floated down from the land of Wynken, Blynken and Nod, the place where comforting lullabies rock us into a deep sleep.
Railing against government assumes, of course, that we ourselves are not responsible, that it is a distant panel of tax-spending warlords, far far away from our reach or influence. The Royal They.
Now it is observable that we have a president, senators, congressmen and assorted other representatives making an earnest effort to further their opinions. Like any committee I am thrilled not to have been nominated for, I am glad these people are making an attempt to steer the vessel USS America through rocky seas, albeit the rockiness of which many of them have created themselves with misguided decisions.
But as a result we have roads that we can travel on, we have general hospitals, we have money for my disabled daughter's care, we have laws that work, we have fire trucks, we have protected religion, we have permits for parades of protest. We have open space and cross walks. And we have catastrophic war and misspent millions. The fact is, we may not control every aspect of it, but have a say in all of it. No one but us put those candidates in office, or fought for our benefits, or enlisted to fight in those wars. We are the creators of our own future, our own government, our own peace, or lack thereof.
The Eugene Field lullaby that starts with a dream of Wynken, Blynken and Nod, three fisherman in a wooden shoe on a magic sea, ends up telling the sleepy child the truth: