It occurred to me a little earlier today that there never was a mass, popular movement to created the United States Federal Reserve. There also wasn’t any such thing to legalize abortion. Or to create the Environmental Protection Agency Doesn’t seem to have been many mobs rioting in favor of a Department of Education. Don’t seem to remember us voting on a ban on smoking in airplanes. You get the picture – quite a lot of things we take for granted as part of our political structure did not spring from a popular movement…they were imposed on us. To be sure, some of them were voted on in Congress, but its not like Congressmen running in the 1912 election actually campaigned on establishing the Federal Reserve and while Nixon said a lot of things to get elected in 1968, I don’t think “I promise to create a bureaucratic nightmare called the EPA” among his promises.
The point here is that for an allegedly democratic republic, we sure don’t have a lot of democracy these days. Things are proposed, deals are made behind closed doors and things which are allegedly laws ooze out…only to be sliced and diced endlessly by judges and bureaucrats as well-heeled special interests make sure they are taken care of. I want a bit more democracy – a bit more mob rule, as it were.
I’m telling you, I’m willing to put everything up for a vote – including the 1st and 2nd amendments. Lets have a vote, people – let us see what the real will of the people is. Marches and demonstrations and furious arguments across the fruited plains – and then we vote and see what we have. At least we’ll all know we participated in what we’re living under – we’ll know that we, the people, took a hand in ruling our own destiny. Of course, I’m very willing to do this because I suspect that my point of view would come out on top in a fair vote 9 out of 10 times.
What say you, fellow Americans? Anyone out there willing to actually have the people decide?