From the LRC website: “[A] new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of voters nationwide believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed. Sixty-two percent (62%) say it does not, and 15% are not sure.”
In an age when government seems incapable of doing anything with the support of a majority of Americans, getting 62% of Americans to agree on anything is quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately for the powers in Washington, this poll is anything but good news.
234 years ago, a group consisting of much less than 62% of (then) American colonists declared “ That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (Emphasis mine). A quick review of the list of grievances that followed reads like a commentary on our contemporary TEA parties. Taxed Enough Already is no longer just a slogan, it is becoming a rallying cry.
Reducing taxes is not an end in itself, as Angelo M. Codevilla in ‘America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution’ observes: “As bureaucrats and teachers’ unions disempowered neighborhood school boards, while the governments of towns, counties, and states were becoming conduits for federal mandates, as the ruling class reduced the number and importance of things that American communities could decide for themselves, America’s thirst for self-governance reawakened. The fact that public employees are almost always paid more and have more generous benefits than the private sector people whose taxes support them only sharpened the sense among many in the country class that they now work for public employees rather than the other way around. But how to reverse the roles? How can voters regain control of government? Restoring localities’ traditional powers over schools, including standards, curriculum, and prayer, would take repudiating two generations of Supreme Court rulings. So would the restoration of traditional “police” powers over behavior in public places. Bringing public employee unions to heel is only incidentally a matter of cutting pay and benefits. As self-governance is crimped primarily by the powers of government personified in its employees, restoring it involves primarily deciding that any number of functions now performed and the professional specialties who perform them, e.g., social workers, are superfluous or worse. Explaining to one’s self and neighbors why such functions and personnel do more harm than good, while the ruling class brings its powers to bear to discredit you, is a very revolutionary thing to do” (Emphasis mine).
Cutting taxes is the most expedient vehicle to pruning the size and scope of government to more manageable proportions. As some are already learning, separating government from the power to print money from thin air or create it at the stroke of a key is a giant first step “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.”