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The Consent of the Governed

Yesterday I was reading an article that stated that a recent Rasmussen poll says “that only 23 percent of the people in this country believe today’s federal government has the consent of the governed.”

What exactly does that mean?  Didn’t we give them consent when we elected them to office?  Or does it mean that they are governing and implementing policies that a majority of Americans are against?  I believe it’s the latter.  Lately I have been hearing a large number of people saying this is not the hope and change they were looking for.  I usually follow up that statement with a question; if this was not the hope and change you expected, than what exactly were you looking for?  Nine times out of ten I get the same response; no more double standards for those in power and a strong desire to get the government out of their lives.  This falls right in line with what Mr. Rasmussen discovered is his polling data.

Political parties are viewed more and more as being part of the problem than the solution. Mr. Rasmussen found “that the major division in this country is no longer between parties but between political elites and the people.”  Once again this falls in line with what the people I have talked to had to say about this.  There is a strong feeling that different rules apply for the political elite than regular everyday folks; a double standard if you will.  When people witness firsthand a Secretary of the Treasury that evaded his income taxes and all he receives is what amounts to a slap on the wrist, it’s only natural for them to ask, what if it was me.  This flies in the face of the rule of law and its equal and fair application across the spectrum of America.  This makes a mockery of our laws and creates clear lines of division between the political elites and the governed.

The second major thing that the poll found was that the majority of the people believe that their government is acting outside the parameters of the consent of the governed in terms of policy and legislation.  Basically they’re not listening to us and the will of the people along with our Constitution are being steamrolled over by these same political elites who believe they know what is best for us.  From out of control spending to healthcare, these elites have been tone deaf and have ignored the voice of the people.  We watched this play out last year with the Tea Party movement.  They not only mocked it, but painted them as a bunch of uneducated illiterate racists.  This is the typical reaction for a government filled with progressives from both parties.  Progressives have always viewed themselves as the keeper of some privileged knowledge that no one else has or is allowed access to.  They know what is best for us better than we do.  How’s that for elitism.

Additionally a large number of people I talk to feel that both parties are to blame for our current woes and I find it extremely difficult to refute this claim.  The one thing I know is that people are getting fed up and they are looking to the past for answers.  They are tired of the same results under a different party name in power.  An undeniable fact is that the size and role of government has expanded under both parties in power and our liberties have suffered greatly because of it.  The people that bought into Barack Obama’s hope and change message truly believed he would get Washington’s house in order.  However with the exception of the fringe far left most people are coming to terms with the harsh reality that Obama has doubled down and created more division and partisanship while further expanding the size of government.  Their bubble has been burst and they are now running from him as fast as they voted for him.  Many feel betrayed while others feel the system is broken beyond repair.  And both parties have had a hand in creating the choppy waters we currently find ourselves trying to navigate.

So this November we have a few options.  The first is slowing our slide to bankruptcy by removing those in power who have supported this stormy climate of out of control spending and government expansion.  This will not be a quick fix, but it does buy us time.  The people are correct when they say the problems in Washington are rooted deep.  I believe it will take four to six elections cycles to get a majority of constitutionally minded people in office both on the national and state levels.  This is not a sprint but a marathon.  The second thing we need to do is critically examine the people we are giving our consent to govern.  And the best way is their voting records on both a local and if required national level.  We can no longer take for granted that the people we are electing have the best interest of the people and our country in mind.  Emotional appeal cannot sway our logic.  We must separate facts from emotion and vote based on the facts.  And lastly we must stay engaged.  Staying engaged exercises the mind, body, and spirit and keeps us sharp.  Because there will always be some force hiding in the shadows waiting for us to nod off again so they can steal away our liberties and steer us down a path towards tyranny.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Constitution, federal government, governed, Politics, Poll, Rasmussen

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  • Randy-g August 23, 2010 at 3:15 AM

    Too many elitists on both sides of the isle, and not much time left to correct the problem….
    The GOP is our last best hope, Nov. 2, 2010.

  • Steve Dennis August 23, 2010 at 4:30 AM

    Your last point my just be the most important. We cannot simply vote this November and then hope that everything works out. We need to stay engaged and keep an eye on everthing that happens in Washington, the people we vote in in November need to realize that we will vote them out if they do not adhere to the constitution.
    This is a problem that has been going on for many, many years and it is going to take a long time to correct this problem, but we can do it if we just stay engaged.

  • LD Jackson August 23, 2010 at 5:20 AM

    I agree with Steve, in that your last point is the most important. We must stay engaged in this fight.

    I have been asked several times on Political Realities, why do I believe the Republicans will govern any different than they have in the past or any different than the Democrats are doing now. My answer is always the same. We will be watching and if they refuse to do what they campaigned on, then we will vote them out and give someone else a chance. If we are to pull our country away from the precipice it is on, that is how it has to be.

  • John Carey August 23, 2010 at 5:20 AM

    I agree Randy that the GOP is the best hope to reverse this, however we simply cannot just sit back anymore and vote this guys in and hope for the best. We must hold them accountable no matter what party they are from. Thanks for the comments.

  • John Carey August 23, 2010 at 5:22 AM

    This is going to be a marathon Steve and not a sprint. The key will be staying engaged evenafter the election. Letting them know that we're awake and watching their actions. Thanks for the comments.

  • John Carey August 23, 2010 at 5:28 AM

    Thanks for comments Larry. I agree with you 100 percent. I do believe this is becoming less about parties and more about ideology, but no matter we must stay engaged.

  • Trestin August 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Well worded John. We can not settle for changing party, we must change mind set. I hear a lot of talk about holding Republicans feet to the fire, but have yet to hear how we plan on doing this.

  • John Carey August 23, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Thank you Trestin. The only way you hold any politicians feet to the fire is through the election process. No more free passes. Perhaps states need to look at the concept of a recall process to recall senators that represent them when they do no act in the best interest of the state. That is another way to hold their feet to the fire.

  • Gorges Smythe August 23, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    As I've said elsewhere, people can't expect change when they keep voting for the same sort of sleeze-balls, election after election. There are good people that run in both major paries, but no one ever votes for them. Then they wonder why things just keep getting worse.

  • John Carey August 23, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    I hear ya GS. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

  • Matt August 24, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    Excellent post John. It is vital to point out that this isn't a single battle, and there will never be a definitive victory. It will tkae many elections, and sustained effort to get our Republic back.

    Even if we are successful, out adversaries will not go away. They will NOT say, "Oh darn, they were right. Let's quit" Instead,they'll slither back into their co-opted institutions, and indoctrinate more and more useful idiots. The battle never ends.

  • John Carey August 24, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Indeed Matt. Thank you for your comments.