What can be done to force our government to change its ways? I see a lot of people complaining about the US government, which is fine, but I see no ideas for how to progress. Therefore, I offer up a couple suggestions for your consideration. My theory is that the government understands one thing and one thing only: the bottom line. I have an idea, though I do not know how viable it is: don't pay your federal income taxes. This will send a message: we will not continue to fund a corrupt self serving government whose actions serve to put our citizens in direct jeopardy (ie bungling the war on terror at every opportunity). Once the government is at strict attention, we could begin the process of installing new leaders - hopefully people who won't be swayed by the game of politics and will do what they believe to be right. For me, this is not viable as taxes are deducted automatically from my checks. I suspect this is the case with most people, so this has punctured a hole in my revolutionary dream. Failing that, and a little less dramatic, I would advise: don't vote. I know, I know - many of you have been indoctrinated into the school of thought that by not voting you are part of the problem. I believe this thought is based on an assumption that breaks down in the current political climate. The assumption is that by voting you will be affecting (what you believe to be) positive change. This line of thinking has failed for the past half century or so (hence our current mess of affairs with the ME) and I think a paradigm shift is in order. Granted many people don't vote anyway, out of pure laziness. But I believe that not voting to make a message would be more effective than voting for a candidate just because he's the lesser of two evils and hoping for the best. If there was a significant drop in voter turnout, this would merit consideration on the part of our officials. I don't know, my back just hurts from being over this stool for so long... Just some ideas - I might be crazy, though.