The natural human tendency in any political situation (political being any social situation involving more than two people), is to divide the world into “us” and “them”. The politicians forget that they are “us”s too.
Perfect example: how often does a politician make an error, ie vote or business decision affected by their voting that is to their own detriment? Charlie Rangel’s forgetting to declare his vacation house. Maxine Waters having the bailout of the bank that she and hubby are stakeholders in. Damn few of the politicians do things for the “us” that disfavors themselves but they have plenty of activities that favor themselves and a select few. Not horrible. Just human in a corrupting system.
The system is corrupted and needs changing, but the transformation being pushed is one where the oligarchy of the beknighted, self-appointed get to be in control.
Noticed no “Power to the People” signs in the OWS protests. That is not what the financial backers of the OWS group wanted. Instead they were following the playbook of Alinski.
“The first step in community organization is community disorganization”. “An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent”. Really hard to do both if the current rendition of Lenin’s “useful idiots” are not all that useful, and get distracted by partying or are worrying about their grades.
Really, really hard if the message, rather than “power to the people”, is “power away from the companies and to the central government controlled committee” of “us”s, and we the people are expected to docilly be the “them’s and keep sending in our money without any complaints.
Plus it doesn’t make for a catchy slogan.