"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize" - Voltaire.
Americans criticizes the government all the time, but nothing happens. According to Voltaire's logic, the government is not the one in charge if we can criticize them openly. This begs the question of who we are not allowed to criticize. America has to look no further then the occupy movement and how brutally that was smashed to realize who we are not allowed to criticize. Bashing the government seems to have become a national past time with their corruption, but let us keep it in mind that we bash them not for who they are. We bash them for who they are "in bed with" as the saying goes. So, let us put this logic to the test. Can Americans bash President Obama? Yes, it is done all the time. Can Americans bash congress? Yes, it is done all the time. Can Americans protest Wall Street with fearing riot police. No, we saw how ruthless occupy was put down. Can Americans protest any corporation without police showing up ready for a riot with power lust in their eyes? No, they always show up and seem ready (and sometimes wanting) violence. Starting to see my point?