A selfist wrote, speaking to the 'the government': Leave us alone. We don't need you to make it better.
Of course you don't. For YOU, it already IS as good as you can imagine. You can take as much as you want. The rest of us have to be satisfied with the scraps you decide to leave behind. You get more use out of the infrastructure we all built. You use much more of the resources and pollute more of the environment. You call us lazy because we're poorer, but we work harder than you do. You need us to do that, but you don't value us. You bombard us with propaganda, tell us that you, the rich, the corporate heads, the bankers, the hoarders of wealth--know what's best for us.
You're right- YOU don't need us to make it better. WE need us to make it better. WE need to change the system that belongs to all of us to WORK for all of us. Not to get more than our fair share, but to make sure everyone gets a fair share.
Individual liberty? You want that for YOU, but not for the rest of us. We, the rest of the people need to defend our own liberty...from you.
You like that idea of small government because you know you'll run what's left of it. You'll say leave us alone and it will. You'll take more, and give less back. If what the other 80% of the population needs isn't convenient, they don't get it. If there's profit in polluting the air, the water, and the land, who's to stop you? If science tells you you're going to drastically change the climate by doing it, what do you care? You're a capitalist. The Earth is the next generation's problem.
Those that I'm addressing know who they are. If you're not one of them, but you have been deluded into speaking for them and voting for their Congressional puppets from the Tea Party, it's time to rethink that. You're either for liberty and justice for ALL the people, or just for the few.