Naked Capitalism has reposted Bill Moyers: We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People: Saving the Soul of Democracy.
Taking a cue from what Moyers wrote, the ideas are best summed up by quoting the preamble to our constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
There seems to be very little of that idealism in what passes for our political system of today. Bill Moyers explores where it went and why we need it back.