Re: Do the people really have a voice in government?
The American people have a voice to an extent. America is not a true democracy, we are a democratic republic. A true democracy is a system where every single eligible person has to cast their vote (or at least the majority) in order to pass a decision by the government. That's why it worked for the Greek city-states, there were enough people to vote but there wasn't an insane amount. If America was a true democracy then nothing would get accomplished in a timely manner. But that's also why people vote for state propositions, since it really only applies to them (much like a city-state). In order for us to solve things in a timely manner we elect officials with the hope that they'll share the same stance as us, hence why politicians have a platform that they hope will attract the votes of the citizens. Problem with that is that a politician can lie about their stance to get votes, but then they'll get screwed by the legal system and checks and balances. In short, our government runs on a balance of the voters and the voted, with more power shifted towards the voted.
Also, 9/11 wasn't staged by the government. Yes, they had intel that an attack would be coming, but the attack was not scheduled for some weeks later, hence why it was a surprise attack. Also, Bush is a dumbass and as such he failed to set up any preventive measures. So the attack is partially Bush's lack of action, but the responsibility is all on al-Qaeda. The President does not declare war, he has to ask Congress to, and Congress authorized the attack on Afghanistan and then the invasion on Iraq. It's still war, though. Bush isn't going to do anything by the end of his term because there isn't enough time for it to pass through Congress, and also because right now Congress is mostly anti-Bush, so they'd veto anything he proposes.