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Told You So!

I can hardly resist the urge to say,  “I told you so.” Over the weekend, CNN released  certain poll results that make me seem, well, I suppose “prescient” is the best word.  As I mentioned before,  I’ve been telling people that America is broken and that we are in the dying days of our republican experiment. Hence,  the name of my blog. I have said in the past that the only thing that will save us is a second revolution, whether or not it is violent. Some people, either aware on unaware, voted for Obama because he promised them just such a revolution. Standing on the steps of the old Illinois State Capitol, announcing his candidacy for president, Obama declared he was running “not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation.” That was his call for revolution. The Tea Party activists are making their own call, regardless of how much mockery they endure at the hands of the mainstream media. One might be justified in suspecting that the NY Times would have mocked Revere as a paranoid “tea bagger.”

But on to last week’s poll results. CNN conducted two polls, with similar subjects, and similar results. In one poll, they report that only 26 per cent of the public trusts the federal government most of the time or always. I have my suspicions as to why they reported the number that way. Put in a different way, the poll says that 74 per cent of Americans distrust the federal government. Three out of four people distrust our government! The British had more support after Lexington and Concord.

In the second poll, 86 per cent of those polled said that our system of government is broken. Out of that number, most thought it could be fixed, but the poll gave no indication of how to fix it.

If you had a car, a doctor, or a plumber that was broken and couldn’t be trusted, you’d replace it. Not only would you replace it, you’d do a fair amount of complaining. The question then is to whom do we complain? To those we distrust? To that which is broken?

Let us remember what Thomas Jefferson had to say about this very matter: “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…” This being, of course, an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, written by Jefferson and signed by him and 55 others. I hardly think that the poll numbers above reflect the “consent” of the governed.

What to do? In earlier installments of this blog, I mentioned two proposals, one regarding the election of congressmen, and one regarding the qualifications for voting. I have a few more proposals, which I will post shortly. In the meantime, start screaming. Scream at the senators and the representatives. Scream at the judges and aldermen. Scream at the newspapers. Let your neighbors know about the polls. Three out of four will agree with you!

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