Less Than 1 in 5 Americans Believe that the Federal Government has the Consent of the Governed
August 24, 2011 · Posted in General Economics
A staggering Rassmussen poll confirms what’s been boiling under the surface – New Low: 17% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed:
Fewer voters than ever feel the federal government has the consent of the governed.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government today has the consent of the governed. Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe the government does not have that consent. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The number of voters who feel the government has the consent of the governed – a foundational principle, contained in the Declaration of Independence – is down from 23% in early May and has fallen to its lowest level measured yet.
This is excellent news. When a the supposedly moral foundation of a system erodes, and people begin to see that they’ve been lied to … that’s when true change is on the horizon.
In red see the part where Thomas Jefferson went wrong in 1776:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…
Government is aggression. Nothing good can come out of aggression. The evidence is in, once again. Let’s not make the same mistake. We do not need to “alter” this government, and we don’t need a “new”, shinier government.
We need to get this cancer of statism out of the minds of the people around us, once and for all. Then, and only then, will there be true change.
This may be a good time to recall what one of the great contemporary philosophers already said almost 3 years ago:
There are no stronger societal forces than moral attitudes in public opinion. This ball has gotten rolling and it’s not going to stop until the beast of statism has been buried once and for all.