CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOVERN?

12 10 2012

Authored by William Robert Barber

A question of significant concern: Can the American people adhere to the covenants of the 2012 constitution (that being the amended and present judicial interpretive of the 1789 constitution) and govern themselves? The answer is NO, the American people cannot… Well, why not?

Because… At the expense of prudent governing — and to the detriment of self-governing principles — Americans have allowed the central government to create a Byzantine operational process wherein the accepted methodology of congressional bureaucracy is opaque, confounding, and counter-intuitive. Legislation is voted into law on ideological concepts; committees of staff and appointed, not the elected, write and explain legislation to the legislators. The agencies, departments, and congressional committees of our government have literally been overrun by legalese ambiguity. Prompted by the dominance of political parties and to the joy of media outlets, both, the scurrilous and the panegyric bandy about the daily news cycle as though scheduled melodramatic programming. Governing units as a matter of routine persistently produce contrivances of misdirection and outright distortion. Citizens pay more attention to sports, games of chance, and celebrity doings than civic responsibilities.

Because… Governing is so confounding in scope and process that professional wonks disagree on the merits of legislation, rules, and regulations. Obviously, the workings of government are no longer understood by the governed; hence government has evolved into a perpetual motion machine accountable to few. The clear indicator of such a charge is government’s uncontrollable spending.    

Because… Politically inspired econometric analysis… what? Econometric analysis is the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to economic data and problems. I’m suggesting that because such analysis is tainted and besmirched with the supplemental of political gamesmanship and the constancy of ideological inclination, the sum of the collected data is at risk of never achieving definitive accuracy.  The analysis of data is considered, evaluated, and eventually summed with diametrically different results depending on the ideological beliefs of the entity conducting the analysis. In other words, if the basis of founding evidence is distorted by other than the empirical, the deductive, and the utility of logic, then the baby goes out with the dirty water.

Because… Many within the electorate have succumbed to mimicking the ideals of minimalism. They have allowed pretty words and handsome smiles to delete the application of prudence, due diligence, askance of the elected, honesty, and honor. They have traded individual liberty and the meaningfulness of freedom for the naïve, even childlike acceptance that government will render to each and every American a panacea society. A significant percentage of Americans have rejected self-reliance, existentialist principles, and the steadfast adherence to the vital a-priori principle of Americanism: Never subordinate one’s individual freedom, in form or function, to king or government.

We may never regain the means to self-govern; but, if there is interest in such, this election of 2012 would be an excellent measure of public sympathy for one or the other…

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