Monday, November 30, 2009

Doctor Zero Schools John Meacham

Doctor Zero reminds Meacham of Four Little Words: "consent of the governed", in pretty strong terms.

Meacham kicked it off with this:

One of the problems with governance since the election of Bill Clinton has been the resolute refusal of the opposition party (the GOP from 1993 to 2001, the Democrats from 2001 to 2009, and now the GOP again in the Obama years) to concede that the president, by virtue of his victory, has a mandate to take the country in a given direction.

The riposte:

I don’t think most Americans are under the impression they’re voting for a dictator every four years. Bill Clinton won the Presidency with a mere 43% of the popular vote. What sort of “mandate” did that give him to
“take the country in a given direction?”

And then he turns it up a notch:

The Declaration of Independence states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The American understanding of democracy does not envision voters as slaves who enjoy the privilege of voting for a new master every few years. When the Declaration speaks of the right – and, later the
duty – of the people to abolish tyrannical governments, it renders the notion of “mandates” to impose radical change on unwilling citizens absurd.

And a "pay or jail" healthcare plan kinda reminds one of 'tyranny.'

...the belief that consent can be manufactured by democratic majorities is one of the most cherished illusions of activist government. The dissent of a minority is not rendered irrelevant by victory in a popular vote… but the health-care debate in the Senate proceeds on the assumption that victory in a parliamentary struggle between a hundred elected officials will compel the consent of the millions of citizens – now a sizable majority of the population, based on the latest polls – who strenuously object to ObamaCare.

He's not too far from a "Go Ahead, Make My Day" position here.

More power to him!


krshorewood said...

1) The governed did give their consent. A small vocal people with miss-spelled signs showing up at townhalls does not comprise the governed.

2) Pay or jail probably will not be in the final bill. Until you have a final bill it's all conjecture.

Dad29 said...

Better look at the polling data again, KR.

ObamaCare is around 40% support.

That doesn't look like "consent" to me.