The Consent of the Governed

The beginning of the Preamble to the United States Declaration of Independence follows.

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 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 consent of the governed is indeed the foundation of our government. We have consented to a corrupt, incompetent, uncaring government. A government of the special interests, by the special interests, and for the special interests. We have consented to phony baloney elections, where the entire outcome is meaningless. We have consented to call the false choice of two corrupt party machines democracy. And we have consented while the elites and special interests plunder our public treasury and steal the pensions and health insurance of the wage earner. Then they wrap it all in the sanctimonious and beguiling language of the covetous sneak thieves that they are.

We have consented to all of this. But we don’t have to. We Americans should withdraw our consent from our government. They are supposed to work for us. They are bringing us all to ruin, already some people live in fear and squalor in America. We should fix our domestic institutions so that they work the peoples will. We should protect what is ours, give unto the least of us, and be a good neighbor. We need a new government.

I propose that Americans withdraw their consent of this government. Let me be the first of many. And lets develop a mechanism to do so across the nation in an orderly and democratic way.


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