Respectfully, THS, "They" = "we" since we are a democratic republic and our elected officials are officials we chose. "They" are our representatives - and they represent the vast number of individuals who have voted and collectively elected "them". "They" are the collective "mindset" of America whether we've let those with money and power influence them or not, it is OUR responsibility. Whether we were silent when "they" were elected, or apathetic, or uninformed, reflects the collective "us".
"Taking" = fulfilling our obligations as citizens in a democracy. That is the structure of the country where we choose to live. What is "taken" is what "we" have agreed upon collectively.
If we want to change things, if we want to end people with money controlling whom we elect, if we feel the taxation laws are unjust, or that we're not accurately represented, "we" have to change it. It's tedious, boring, time-consuming work to change laws or to change elected officials, but if we want changes in legislation, changes in our elected officials, we have to give up our apathy, give up our time, give up fear being looked down upon by those sit back and do nothing, give up our fear of being fired at work for unionizing or fighting against unions (whatever way you lean), give up our un-involvement. We have to work for changes in the laws or legislators and if we can't change them, we have to accept them because that's who "we," as a nation, are.