Does the U.S. Have a Self-Governing People?

Thomas Sowell answers:

“You do not have a self-governing people when huge laws are passed too fast for the public to even know what is in them.

You do not have a self-governing people when “czars” are created by Executive Orders, so that individuals wielding vast powers equal to, or greater than, the powers of Cabinet members do not have to be vetted and confirmed by the people’s elected representatives in the Senate, as Cabinet members must be.

You do not have a self-governing people when decisions to take military action are referred to the United Nations and the Arab League, but not to the Congress of the United States, elected by the American people, whose blood and treasure are squandered.

You do not have a self-governing people when a so-called “consumer protection” agency is created to be financed by the unelected officials of the Federal Reserve System, which can create its own money out of thin air, instead of being financed by appropriations voted by elected members of Congress who have to justify their priorities and trade-offs to the taxpaying public.

You do not have a self-governing people when laws passed by the Congress, signed by previous Presidents, and approved by the federal courts, can have the current President waive whatever sections he does not like, and refuse to enforce those sections, despite his oath to see that the laws are faithfully executed.”

Read the entire article here, http://lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell116.html.

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2 Responses to Does the U.S. Have a Self-Governing People?

  1. Abandon TV says:

    You do not have a self-governing people when any agency of social organisation (such as a government) is able to initiate force against the population to achieve its aims.

    Whether or not force is initiated against us is the only thing that really matters. We all understand this simple concept in our daily live. We’d never hire an accountant, office manager, plumber, nanny or contractor and allow them to initiate force against us. We all understand that giving them that kind of power would invite abuse. They’d be able to just spend our money, sell off our assets, abuse us, threaten us, taser us, lock us up in cages – do whatever the hell they like basically (just like governments do).

    ‘Self-government’ means YOU are the ‘government’ and everyone else is an employee of some kind with a legal contract between both of you.

    A government does not operate in this way. They are not contractually bound to serve the public (they are not ‘public servants’). In fact there is no contract! There is only coercion and violence (force).

    Instead of contracts and civilised behaviour they allow us to ‘vote’ for them, but you can only vote ‘yes’ to more government force. They do not ever allow us to vote ‘no’.

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