The “Consent Of The Governed” Is Evaporating In America
America Now “Pre-Revolutionary?”
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
“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.” (Read the entire report HERE.)
We have noted for some time now the undercurrent of raw rage coursing through America. Since last we commented on it, it has gotten increasingly worse. There are those claiming that today America is in a “pre-revolutionary” state. I don’t think IO would go that far – but I do think we are looking at a huge turnover of politicians, both democrat and republican, in the election of 2012.
Americans have watched their country collapse as a result of the political machinations of its national legislature and they are outraged. I dare say Americans are even angrier today than they were in November of 2010. Now THAT is outrage!
I shudder to think that Americans will take to the streets demanding their country be returned, but I fear that is exactly where we are headed today.
For two and a half years America has been lurching from one crisis to another. The recession/depression, monumental unemployment, ObamaCare, bailouts, even more government regulations and more government intrusion in their lives, the debt ceiling debate, the down-grading of America’s credit rating, the stock market falling like a stone – all of this has taken a toll on the citizenry of America -- and like a boiling pot with an ever increasing temperature, their anger is about to boil over.
But fear not, for behold, Obama is ready for angry Americans voicing their dislike of government recklessness in the streets of the nation.
In an article entitled “Pollster: Americans Are “Pre-Revolutionary” Paul Joseph Watson writes: “Should violence plague American streets as a result of a deepening economic crisis, U.S. troops have already been prepared to deal with such a crisis.
As we reported three years ago, U.S. troops returning from Iraq were being re-allocated to occupy America, running checkpoints and training to deal with “civil unrest and crowd control” under the auspices of a Northcom program that revolved around deploying 20,000 active duty troops inside America to “help” state and local officials during times of emergency.
The date set for the completion of this program was 2011, just in time to deal with the “pre-revolutionary” fervor that many fear will now manifest itself in Greece-like mayhem as a result of the fallout from the debt downgrade and America’s slide towards economic collapse. (Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. You may read his entire article HERE.)
There is nothing more American than speaking out about the mistakes and gaffs our government makes and creates. Vox Populi actually MEANS something to Americans. Up to now, at least, we have been guaranteed freedom of speech by the supreme law of the land, the US Constitution -- and we use it! Just as a pressure cooker, with the pressure valve closed, will blow the lid off, Americans MUST have an open pressure valve. Our freedom of speech and our elections have been that pressure valve.
Today, however, a huge portion of the American electorate believes they have been played for fools by the current government and they will not have it.
Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world: "We are still masters of our fate. We are still captain of our souls." -- Sir Winston Churchill said that. Americans have not, as some seem to believe, given up our captaincy – nor shall we.
We are in truly dangerous times. As I write, I have no idea how all this will eventually sort itself out. But, I believe in America. I believe in her optimism, and her readiness to take whatever steps are necessary to preserve the constitutional republic we have so willingly given our blood and treasure to guarantee for nearly two and a half centuries.
As an American who prides himself on being a “southerner,” I rarely quote Abraham Lincoln. But as a former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher once said: “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. With in mind, I offer this quote from Abraham Lincoln: “"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
We cannot allow that to happen. We just can’t.
J. D. Longstreet