People who believe in and act on these tenets can properly be called members of the establishment. Anyone who believes that "rulers and ruled" are "we and them" fairly belongs in that group. These people - the ones with a vested interest in government - are the ones the public should hasten into retirement.
Early on in his presidential bid, Donald Trump began touting his anti-establishment credentials. When it worked, he ran with it. It was a posture that proved pure gold in the Republican primaries. His actual relationship to the establishment is, however, complex in an opportunistic way.
Anticipated or not, a new age of rebellion has begun, sending chills through the corridors of establishment power. This threatens the status quo from the left and the right. Perhaps its most shocking aspect: people are up in arms against liberalism.
Such widespread dissatisfaction with the standard-bearers of the two parties speaks to the dissatisfaction many Democrats and Republicans feel towards the political establishment that President Barack Obama shacked up eight years ago.
The Indiana primary, pivoting as it did on trade, signaled something else: the elaborate faith in a set of invisible hands that underpinned much of modern conservatism, has lost its grip on a huge swathe of the electorate.
New York's primary election changed everything for both the Democratic and Republican nomination contests.
One month after he ended his own presidential bid, Graham addressed the question of which GOP frontrunner he could support, in pretty graphic fashion: "If you nominate Trump and Cruz I think you get the same outcome. Whether it's death by being shot or poisoning, does it really matter?"
Although at the present time it's kind of hard to believe, there is a faction of the Republican Party which looks towards the future and sees some very problematic demographic shifts awaiting it.
Maybe he wants to be nice. Or maybe he wants to avoid a convention fight.
In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.