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Consent of the Governed


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 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 to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." -The Declaration of Independence

It is my habit to continually go back to our founding documents when a particular issue is at the forefront of our nation's thinking. It's the simplest way to confirm the intent of those men who sacrificed all for the greatest experiment in human history.

So, the above quote from the Declaration of Independence came to my mind when this happened:

A large number of Americans traveled to Washington, D.C. (and many more marched in their own cities around the nation) this past Saturday to express their dissatisfaction with the ever-growing government, bills that aren't read before they are passed, and the looming threat of socialism in our own country. The reported numbers vary widely from 100,000 to 1 million protesters. Either number is a large one.

What was the White House response?

"I don't think it's indicative of the nation's mood," Axelrod (senior White House advisor) said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "You know, I don't think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they're wrong."

Wow. Not indicative of the nation's mood? Do they know what it takes for average families to travel to the nation's capital? They paid their own expenses to go and tell Washington that they don't like big government, and more specifically, government health care.

Don't be distracted by that? What kind of crowd would be a distraction? 2 million? 3 million? Because I'm sure the Americans would be happy to comply.

They're wrong? According to who? Is it because they are on the other side of the issue? This administration seems to define disagreement as wrong.

If the American people do want nationalized healthcare, where are the marchers for that side of the issue? Where are the pro-healthcare rallies? I haven't see them.

So now we come back to the issue of deriving their powers from the consent of the governed. Have the American people truly consented to anything this administration wants? There was a big outcry against Cap and Trade, Cash for Clunkers, and especially health care. I didn't hear much support for any of those (outside of Washington, that is). Aren't we the governed?

When the government of a free nation continues to ignore growing numbers of protests, and even goes so far as to call them 'wrong,' they are actually opposing the consent of the governed. That, then, becomes tyrrany. And that is what our founding fathers were fighting.

"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government. . ."

And that, folks, is what they call Revolution. It's been done before, and it can happen again.

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