What America needs right now is a general recall election. When in the course of human events … Posted by James Randolph on August 10, 2011
When in the course of human events …
August 10, 2011 – What America needs right now is a general recall election. Voter confidence in our government is hovering around a dismal 20% according to a variety of recent polls, and a Rasmussen survey reveals that only 17% of voters say the government has consent of the governed.
Most modern democracies have some means to remove such government, but in the world’s model democracy we have to wait for the next election. Shortly after the Constitution was ratified several states tried to have recall adopted for the Senate, but of course it failed to pass that illustrious body.
That’s the fatal flaw in our system of checks and balances. In simpler times it may have been sufficient to wait a couple of years to vote the bums out, but in a crisis like the one we face today, that’s a very long time. When 80% and more of the population believes their representatives are acting contrary to their consent, the fields of discontent are cultivated. When their representatives close shop and go on vacation in the midst of it all, the seeds of revolution are sown.
Let’s revisit the Declaration of Independence:
… 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.
Revolution in the sense of overthrowing the government by force is of course neither prudent nor practical. Unlike our forefathers we have no design in place for a better government and we have no strong leaders to guide us through the turmoil. But we do have the power, the right, and the duty to change our government from within.
Just for once, say in 2012, I’d like to see American voters not go off half-cocked ranting and raving about things they know nothing about, but instead engage each other and the politicians in productive discourse. Come up with a vision we can all share, and then craft a strategy to get us there. Forget all the petty divisive issues that have nothing at all to do with getting America back on track and above all, let reason prevail over emotion.
I doubt we are ready. But if we are not, and we continue to let the wounds fester, a much uglier revolution may be in store.
That is America’s real problem, not the deficit, not the downgrade, not Democrats, and not Republicans. And that is why the gold market is on fire.
Senior Staff Writer – Certified Gold Exchange