Welcome to LoveOurGov

We are a small group of neighbors who got tired of complaining about politics-- er, no one gets tired of that-- who did some research into our complaints by looking at the ways that we interact with government in our daily lives. We want to share the information we've collected from interviewing average citizens about their personal experiences. We hope that you will use these videos in all ways you find helpful to promote active citizenry.

Chatting one evening on a city park bench set between tall spiky grasses and mounds of sweet-smelling lavender, we agreed that a huge majority of people in the United States have a very strong understanding and appreciation for the founding of our country: our system is based on the belief that we* are all created equal and have unalienable rights, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and as reads the Declaration of Independence, ...That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

We are dismayed by the current popular narrative of our government, that it is somehow an entity outside ourselves that oversteps its bounds and needs to be dismantled. We believe if people took time to think about what government actually does, this cynical vision would be transformed.

As an example we offer the following. How often do you:
Eat a meal and wonder if it is contaminated with deadly bacteria?
Plug in an appliance and worry that it might blow up?
Travel a highway overpass and fear it is about to collapse?
Give your child cough medicine and dread that it has horrible chemical side effects?

We feel it would be helpful for the divided national debate to bring a little balance to the narrative of this good-for-nothing government. The fact is most of us believe wholeheartedly in our democratic system. We simply each support the elements of government that benefit us the most. One might ask an investment manager who believes that government acts unwisely by providing oversight of financial systems, if they care whether the hospitals they bring their families to are proven competent through a process of licensing and monitoring.

The question is not about whether to have a functioning government, nor which legislation can be termed big or small. The key is that good government comes from strong individual citizen participation. We all want to complain, especially when government inefficiency is so rampant, but when your Little League team is losing and not having fun, do you demand that it be defunded? No, you get involved and present better strategies. So along with our complaining about stinky bureaucracy, let's all step up and take action for creative solutions.

*Note: The founding fathers believed that the 'we' that was created equal was comprised ONLY of white men, a shortsighted notion of the times. But luckily these white men were smart enough to know that human knowledge develops through time. They created the Supreme Court to oversee continued interpretation of the Constitution and they gave Congress the power to alter its content in reflection of deeper wisdom. In discussions about what our founding fathers truly meant, one must always consider that they believed their concepts needed updating with improved knowledge.