Government derives power only from the consent of the governed

The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.

A Rasmussen Reports from February 18th, national telephone survey finds that 61% disagree and say the government does not have the necessary consent..

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 to 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.


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.

No less than 38 states are going to try to pass legislation to block the mandates in the health care bill.

FLASHBACK  See what president Obama said about separation of powers, obeying the constitution, Executive Orders, having “taught the Constitution for 10 years.”  Even though now he is saying he doesn’t pay too much attention to the “process.”

Posted: 03.22.10

Updated:  10.17.10

Stunning statement Obama made about the “deem and pass” method that was considered by congress (promoted by Ms. Slaughter, as I recall):  Stunning in that our entire form of government, and especially the rules of the House and Senate, is based on proper process.

President Obama said today that he is not too worried about the controversial “deem and pass” strategy being considered on Capitol Hill, and that members should not “pretend” that a vote, in whatever form it ends up taking, is anything other than a vote for or against reform.

I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,” Obama said in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, “What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise.”

Real interesting to look back on some of the babbling of this president.

Ha – looks like the word police have removed these babblings.  Are they scared or what?(09.14.11)

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