Many people are under the false impression our form of government is a democracy, or representative democracy. This is of course completely untrue. The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and feared a democracy as much as a monarchy. They understood that the only entity that can take away the people’s freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life.
They knew very well the meaning of the word “democracy”, and the history of democracies; and they were deliberately doing everything in their power to prevent having a democracy.
In a Republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to solve a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people, and obliged to its owner, We the People. Many politicians have lost sight of that fact, specifically our government.
The government is increasingly trampling on the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, with a burgeoning surveillance program and a growing militarization of the police under Obama.
The US government doesn’t even do what the majority of the citizens want. In fact, these days it flat out ignores what we the people want. Consider the polls, and what they show public sentiment to be on key issues, and then look at what the government, composed of supposedly elected representatives and an elected president, actually does:
Healthcare even with the passage of a sort of healthcare reform, the ludicrously and optimistically named Affordable Care Act, a Rasmussen poll says 58 percent of likely voters favor the repeal of Obamacare; just 37 percent want it to stay. The rest don’t know.
Social security and Medicare programs for the elderly last year, President Obama, who campaigned for election in 2008 vowing never to cut Social Security benefits or Medicare programs, appointed an advisory commission heavily weighted towards people who favored such cuts, and told them to come up with recommendations for “reforming” both programs. He pointedly added that “nothing” was “off the table” in terms of ideas, including benefit cuts. Right wing politicians and business lobbies have long been calling for cuts in both programs, claiming that they will “run out of money,” in a decade in the case of Medicare and in 45-50 years in the case of Social Security. What they fail to mention is that if people were taxed on income of over $106,000 a year with the Social Security tax, and if the Medicare tax, currently less than 2% of income, were raised, there would be no shortfall at all.
The public, despite all the propaganda thrown at them, and all the calls in Congress for cuts in the programs to reduce the nation’s ballooning budget deficit, are clear though. They don’t want either program cut. The most recent poll, released last week by the respected Pew Research Center, found that 60% want Social Security and Medicare benefits left alone. Only 32% said they wanted the budget deficit cut, and would be willing to see Social Security and Medicare take a hit to do it.
Gay marriage, a CBS News/New York Times poll out today shows that only 38 percent of Americans support it. In California one of the more left leaning states voted on gay marriage. Proposition 8, 52.24% voted for the measure that even the most liberal of states supported to protect a traditional marriage called “California Marriage Protection they rejected that same-sex couples could marry in their state.
The Bailout, a Rasmussen poll conducted at that time, found that 44 percent of Americans opposed the $700 billion bailout plan. The government did it anyways, and we later read about bonus check to AIG executives using taxpayer funds. The Auto bailouts were also unpopular with 51 percent of Americans, but the government did them anyways.
Illegal Immigration, CNN Opinion Research Poll found a large majority of Americans supportive tough laws Illegals lie that of laws like Arizona’s that the federal Government challenged. 60% of those pooled said they want to stop illegals immigration and deport those here illegally. The government again totally ignores the citizens of this country!
Wars, then comes President Obama’s decision to involve U.S. military forces in an unconstitutional, unexplained mission in Libya leading the the public assassination of Qaddafi. Mr. Obama commanded American soldiers into that battle without even the consent of Congress. Showing how our government is growing even bolder in comply ignoring the American citizens.
Never mind the public though. Nearly all Republicans, and even many Democrats, in Congress, all recipients of large amounts of corporate campaign cash, continue to look out for self interests, are bought and sold by lobbyist. The American people are left voiceless.