To have a realistic view of America requires an understanding of the constitution, it also requires an understanding of how well it has worked under that constitution. To say that government is probably best always staying out of the marketplace is to ignore the lessons of the Civil War not to mention the great depressions and Mr. JMK's writings. Note also Adam Smith's foundation of the rule of contract which comes from the people through -GOVERNMENT
I work in the aerospace business and have heard a chief executive say 5 trips to the body that controls the surface of 70% of the planet is enough, so I can relate to the stupidity of politics and those who participate in same. Note his opponents think an embargo of a nation of 1 billion people by an agency of .1% of the US budget is also a good idea. No the photographs from the moon of the earth and the tides working daily around same were not enough to suggest that they needed the view or all on the spaceship earth need more cooperation and less conflict.
An intelligent vs ideological or weary view of history suggests people trying to be moral have to recognize with the hit man in pulp fiction that all at times serve evil, but all are required to continue to try to be their brother's shepherds. Rocket technology was developed to carry thermonuclear weapons not weather or communications satellites.
Most of the time that means staying out of other's business but not always, and not as the default position.
So as a still liberal democrat I have to work to make the affordable care act work, civil rights, Cuban relations, and immigration policy work. BUT I also have to recognize the author or coordinator has his head up an asteroid, does not recognize the necessity of phased introductions of computer systems, and likes to use the defense lawyer's favorite trick of blaming the victim, and oh yes can fail to show up for the moslem policeman who died to protect christians and jews who may or may not have insulted God but certainly knew and know how to turn the other cheek.
Being responsible like raising children is never easy and does require much restraint, but it also requires you actively play and not quit the game. Note the military now on its third deployment in the areas of Iraq/Syria would probably insist you actively continue to pay attention and participate.
Thanks for a wonderful essay.