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A Self-Governing People?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Friday, October 7, 2011, 9: 52 PM

On the “About Me” page, which can be found at the right, I wrote in November, 2009:

We don’t want to be governed from the left, or from the right, or from the center. We want to govern ourselves. Our founders endeavored to create a new nation of self-governing and self-actualizing people, but the leftist statists in the political class hate that whole idea. They hate the idea that we are in charge of our destiny, not them. Our very liberty is at stake. More now than ever, I fear.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen wrote a book titled, In Search of Self Governance, a couple of months later in January, 2010 in which he said much the same thing: “The gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18th century.”

If most Americans still want to be a self-governing people there is hope for change.  Even dictators cannot rule against the will of the people forever.  The prospect of reversing the present course and once again being a self-governing people depends on the outcome of the 2012 election. If the current government remains in power that hope is lost, in my view. Not only because the current government is like no previous one in our history in consisting of politicians who do not value and will not protect the ideal of self governance, but also because an electoral victory for its continuation would seem to indicate that the American people have lost their desire for self governance.  In that event Scott Rasmussen’s statement from January, 2010 will no longer be true. Nor will mine from November, 2009.  The gap between politicians whose aim is to rule over a people willing to be led around by the nose and a people resistant to that arrangement will have disappeared completely.

So what of the current Republican field of candidates to lead the nation? As it appears more and more likely that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee the hope for a return to the founding principles may be a little stronger but not by much, in my view. Can anyone tell me what Romney believes, what his core principles are, whether he even has a core? I don’t think so.  Such a hollow man cannot lead a nation back to it founding principles of self governance. It’s doubtful Mitt Romney even has the desire.

With Romney as the Republican’s nominee either the current government will be rewarded for its terrible record of governance, or we will be have a Republican hollow man as president.  Neither of these two outcomes is good, and I don’t think anybody can say that one is more likely than the other to happen.  Nuts.

UPDATE 10/9: Professor Jacobson offers a more upbeat assessment. Not that there’s any hope the Republican presidential candidate won’t be a dunderhead and a dolt, that’s still seems most likely. There’s not a real conservative in the field that stands a chance of being elected. But Professor Jacobson suggests “Operation Counterweight” to balance the failure of the Republicans to put forth a real conservative. A lot of real conservative candidates will be running for Congress. Conservatives should go all out for them and hope to get a conservative Congress that will stand as a “counterweight” to a half-hearted politically confused Republican president and keep him (there’s no “her” anymore since, sadly, Palin isn’t running and Bachmann jumped the shark with her idiotic vaccine diatribes) from making the mistakes of the past [Bush and his bumbling political correctness will be seen in history as largely bequeathing Obamaism on the country, IMHO]. Ironically, Newt Gingrich is looking better since no conservative remains. The trouble with Newt is his political schizophrenia so that in order to get the solid conservative brilliant Newt we also have to take the weird bumbling idiot Newt that makes political commercials with Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, and occasionally makes stupid remarks such as, “The Age of Ronald Reagan is over.” The age of Reagan can never be over; it’s the last best hope for America.

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