Alan Simpson gives an example of how NOT to advocate collective action in a democracy

He bitches like a prissy, tin-eared drama queen thusly:

"I get so damn sick and tired of listening to the little guy, the vulnerable, the veteran  I am a veteran, and the seniors and this and this and the meanwhile this country is headed for second-class status while everybody just babbles into the vapor"

OK, so I think there is something to be said for budget-hawk centrism.

But in a democracy you don't say "I get so damn sick of listening to the little guy".

You say "we all sink or swim together - the little guy, the vulnerable, and the powerful - and we've gotta really focus on the problems that face us as a country and solve them before it's too late".

Because if you take out the little guy, what exactly is the point of looking out for "the country"? It's not the same country with the little guy and the vulnerable out of the discussion.