Talk of revolution and rebellion and secession is on the rise. Protests in the streets, angst from the American citizenry on display at town hall meetings, grassroots uprisings in neighorhoods all across a once-docile and submissive America...these things are becoming increasingly commonplace.
Well, if Rasmussen is to be believed, it's because 91% of Americans are fed up with the Federal Government and the so-called Political Class, and they aren't going to take anymore abuse. Sound familiar? Worse still, those that "rule" us think things are just fine and suggest even MORE Government intervention in our lives will be needed to heal what ails the collective. From Tabitha:
There is a fundamental disconnect between the people that we have elected to put in office and the people that make up the United States of America. We can have long conversations about how and why it happened, but the fact of the matter is that the people that are in Washington right now are there because we put them there. We are the ones with the power to change that.
At a time when the country has gone nearly bankrupt, not enough people are working to pay the National bills (let alone their own), record levels of Americans are stuck at home with their hands held out to the Federal Government, America's debt hovers around a number our grandchildren can't afford to pay down...and being in a position around the world that finds us a laughing stock in terms of our will to fight and win wars...there is little reason to be confused about Raz's numbers. What remains is finding the will in the American people to actually do something about it.
And our leaders? They think we're on the right track. Tabitha points to a Tapscott piece in the Examiner worth taking a clip from:
So how do we explain these two Americas? Rasmussen says his data shows that "the American people don't want to be governed from the left, the right or the center. The American people want to govern themselves."
President Reagan understood this. In his first inaugural address, he reminded us that "from time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
Reagan in 1981 and Rasmussen in 2010 are pointing to the same fundamental truth: Our Political Class wants to govern Mainstream America, indeed thinks it's their right and privilege to tell the rest of us how to live because they think they are smarter than we are. But that attitude flies in the face of what America is and always has been about, though imperfectly so, to be sure.
Such attitudes are unsustainable in a democratic republic and will sooner or later get the Political Class tossed off the train for good.
I'm just going to come out and say, up front, that I do not condone the idea of an armed insurrection. It's foolish on a number of levels, not the least of which is the unnecessary cost of American blood and treasure.
I am not going to condone a rebellion...or a revolution...or a secession by a collection of States that still believe the 10th Amendment actually means something, though I'll be moving to wherever such a thing might occur. As an American and as a patriot, however, I am also not going to condemn these things in large part because of the instructions we were given 234 years ago that still mean something to me today [emphasis mine]:
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 of 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
My people were here 70 years before that was written. They will be here 70 years from now (God willing) and I expect of them what is expected of us by our Forefathers. Their only means of separating themselves from tyranny and despotism was by way of the gun and the cannon and the bayonet. Their service and their sacrifice, however, and their wisdom and their foresight gave us a much more accurate and deadly weapon; the ballot box. How smart we allow ourselves to be about what is happening to us at the hands of the Government that no longer serves the interests of the people or the founding documents on which their livelihoods are based, our Forefathers left up to us to figure out.
America has a difficult set of problems. We caused them, and only we - "we, the People" that actually cast these votes - can solve them.