Monday, January 28, 2008

The People are Sovreign, not President Bush

The Daily Dose gets it right in The Constitution in Reverse:
I think the only thing I can say to sum-up Bush’s last State of the Union address is that it shows that Bush’s philosophy of government is the inverse opposite of the Constitution. According to the Constitution, power and authority flow from the people and the State to the federal government. But Bush’s key word of the night, repeated ad nauseam, was “empower” — as in, the federal government will empower the people. But the federal government has no authority to empower the people (or the states). The power is supposed to be in the people to begin with.

To Bush, power and authority flow down from the central government, and dispensing such power, the act of “empowerment,” is a gift given by Washington, D.C. Terrible!
That's correct. According to wikipedia, in a republic, "sovereign power is founded in the people, individually, not in the collective or whole body of free citizens, as in a democratic form. Thus no majority can deprive a minority of their sovereign rights and powers."

In this country, the people are supposed to be sovereign and 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 other words, the government gets its power from us, not the other way around as President Bush likes to think.

Also, for anybody who thinks our system of government is a democracy, that is a complete fallacy perpetrated by those who'd like you to believe the minority has to submit to the majority. The word democracy is not contained in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, nor in the constitutions of any of the 50 states. Our federal and state constitutions are very clear that we have a republican form of government.

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