Governments for – from
the consent of the governed
derive just powers
In 1776, Mr. Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, wrote, “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.”
IN 2020, Fiona Hill wrote in her autobiography/social commentary, There is Nothing for You Here wrote, “This lack of a direct relationship between ordinary people and prominent intellectual and political elites leaves the playing field open for others to step in and present themselves as advocates for the entire working or middle class or other distinct underrepresented groups.
Indeed, politics since 2000 has been marked by the rise of populists -politicians who spurn “out-of-touch experts” and who claim to speak on behalf of millions of people with whom they in fact have no authentic connection, and in whom they have no genuine interest beyond securing votes to support their own often very personal agendas.
I am trying to think back to the days when an elected Representative of the people felt in someway responsible to the ‘people back home”.
In the old book, Advise and Consent, a novel focusing on the story of the United States Senate working to consent to the President’s latest Secretary of State nominee, the ‘people back home’ have a role.
The President calls the Senate Majority Leader and complains that he had a hard time getting through.
“Michigan needed their Senator this morning,” said the Majority Leader.
Why do I feel that most folks now in Washington are not as advocates for the entire working or middle class or other distinct underrepresented groups but people with their own often very personal agendas.
Do these folks check their mail or phone calls from the ‘people back home’ or do they only read their twitter and facebook comments and watch and re-watch their sound bites on TV as they push their ‘brand’.
Trying to think through this, I bet the last candidate for any office I ever talked to was a feller running for Judge back in Gwinnett County Georgia.
I shook hands but didn’t dare ask him what I wanted to ask him.
The funny thing was we had a connection with the candidate.
And once we explained the connection, we didn’t have to ask our question.
The candidate knew the question and knew he didn’t want to answer the question and moved on from us quickly.
See we had purchased a house he had owned.
We needed to get a new roof and our insurance didn’t cover it.
Seems that the house had just HAD it’s roofed repaired.
Or at least the previous owner had filed a claim to fix the roof but it appeared that while the claim was paid, the roof repairs had not been made.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh well, I digress.
BTW, this feller did not get elected.
How do we make Congressional Representation truly representative.
On the other hand, maybe it is.
Mr. Jefferson also wrote that, ” … all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”