Could We Be Returning to a Government Of, By, and For the People?

Could We Be Returning to a Government Of, By, and For the People?

Over the past few decades it has become apparent to many that the government which was designed to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has simply forgotten the people.  This sentiment may have been a major factor in the low number of voter turnouts that we have seen at polls in the past.  Could the new administration be changing this trend and making the American people a central key in the government of our nation as was once intended? The 2008 elections were historical for many reasons.  The Obama campaign launched one of the largest grass roots efforts that we have seen in the history of presidential campaigns.  He managed to mobilize and include the American public in his campaign in a way that no other politician ever has.  However, in the past we have seen many political candidates reach out to the public in the guise of hearing the voice of the American people only to forget about those people once the elections were over.  The Obama administration, on the other hand, seems to be heading in an entirely different direction. With the end of the the Bush era, we saw dramatic moves to take away the voice of the American people by minimizing, bypassing, or even eliminating public comment periods even with issues that deal with public assets that belong to the American people.  In contrast, we have seen  an overwhelming push from the new administration to encourage and incorporate public input and a direct challenge from President Obama in his inaugural speech to the American people that we are each responsible for the future and direction of this country. President Obama has engaged the people in the process of rebuilding America in a variety of ways from the “National Day of Service”, in which he mobilized thousands of Americans to get involved in their communities, to the announcement of his “Organizing America” efforts to keep that momentum going.  Another first in the world of Presidential politics, President Obama's incoming administration called for input from all Americans asking them what direction they wanted for the country and what ideas they had for moving the country in the right direction.  These ideas, suggestions, and comments were then placed into a presidential briefing book. These efforts have given unprecedented access to the leader of our nation and has reminded the American people that this country is dependent upon them.  Whether or not President Obama will take these comments to heart, and whether or not the American people will actually rise to the challenge and take up the responsibility to make our country better is yet to be seen.  However, it can not be denied that the new presidential administration has put the people at the helm in a way that no other president has ever done before.  This new vision in American government could be leading us towards a government that truly is for the people, by the people, and of the people the way the founding fathers of our nation had once intended.