Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Revolution, Part IV

Gee. This just keeps coming up.

Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed; that is a foundational principle of our republic. To a stunning degree, however, Americans don't believe that their own government meets that standard. Scott Rasmussen finds that only 23 percent of voters believe that "the federal government today has the consent of the governed." A remarkable 62 percent of voters say that our government does not enjoy that consent.

...What has happened to the Tea Party is instructive. It was first ignored, then ridiculed. Agents of the status quo like news services, newspapers, network news operations and the NAACP have been enlisted to lodge absurd charges of "racism" against Americans who protest out-of-control government spending. The Empire is striking back.

It remains to be seen whether the American people can finally break the grip of a political class that remains determined to run their lives and misappropriate trillions of dollars of their wealth. It will be, I think, a close-run thing.

It doesn't have to be "close." The Empire really doesn't have the numbers. Not by a long shot.

HT: PowerLine


Jim said...

62 percent of voters say that our government does not enjoy that consent.

Those 62 percent apparently don't understand the democratic principles of the country they live in. We have elections every two years. There are winners and there are losers as there have been since the Greeks. By participating in a democracy, one consents to be governed by those who are democratically elected. Participants are free to try again in the next election if they are unsatisfied with the results.

People need to get a grip on reality.

Andrew K said...

You mean the REPUBLIC we live in.

Deekaman said...

Except, Jimbo...many of those who voted for this regime don't like what they are doing. And "consent of the governed" doesn't end at the election. When we elect a representative government, it doesn't mean they have carte blanch to do what they wish.

The "grip" needs to be obtained by those currently in power.

Dad29 said...

Something like 67% of the country did NOT approve of Obamacare, and contemporaneous polling was available to Congress during the entire spectacle.

So you claim, Jimbo, that THAT was 'consent'?