We are NOT the government. Utter bull shite. We are given the "option" of voting for someone who will make decisions about how to spend our money which is taken whether we want them to or not. It's essentially the mob minus elections.
Not only are we the government, but we are all capitalists as well.
You mention we get to vote for people to decide for us. Well, what do you think voting is but a way for the people to make a decision?
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" the governed in this case is the People.
So the People govern themselves in our system, the power to govern is NOT a divine right - it is not derived from the power of God. To that end, the first right enumerated for protection under our constitution is "...the right of the people...to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." or, the Right to Free Speech.
In the late 19th century the United States revised their corporate laws and requirements for corporate charters drastically. They no longer had to have public service outside of siomply creating wealth as a primary goal of their charter.
In Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, 1886, the Supreme Court recognized, if not technically decided, the personhood status of the corporation.
In Valeo v Buckley, 1976, the Supreme Court decided that transfer of wealth was equivalent to the excercise of Free Speech.*
Then in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010, this 'speech' through transfer of wealth was decided to be unlimited.
So now we have a system whereby the People, to include corporations - or wealth generating entities - govern themselves, largely through Free Speech, which in turn has been decided to include unlimited transfers of wealth to the government as a form of "redress of grievances".
So, Person has Free Speech.
Corporation - now wealth generating entity - is Person.
Transfer of unlimited wealth is speech.
More wealth = more speech, less wealth = less speech.
How can the average citizen, not a corporation, be able to match the level of speech/wealth that an entity specifically designed to create wealth? Who has the influence in our system?
Furthermore, why are our representatives not seen as capitalists? Why do we think we need to seperate the government form capitalists?
*On the court at the time was Lewis F. Powell, Jr. a one-time board member of the Phillip Morris Corp., defending the tobacco industry in numerous law suits, and author of the secret Powell Memorandum (not made public until after his appt to the SCOTUS) calling for corporate America to become more aggressive in molding politics and law in the US - just prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court by Richard Nixon. Powell Memo (scroll down to find text)