Thursday, February 25, 2010

Laws Are Derived From the Consent of the People

The following article was written by Bob Livingston for Personal Liberty Digest.

Today is the day set for the televised bipartisan healthcare summit in which President Barack Obama and Republican legislators are supposed to discuss a healthcare overhaul.

In the days and weeks leading up to the summit, Republicans called on the president and Senate and House Democrats to scrap the unpopular Obamacare reform bills being discussed in conference. The House version passed by a slim majority with only one Republican vote and the Senate version passed with no Republican support and only after ridiculous multi-million dollar payoffs to a few of Democrats ensured a filibuster-proof majority.

The reform bills are widely unpopular among the citizenry—only 38 percent support them, according to—and are nothing more than a sop to big pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, trial lawyers and unions. And their passage led to a revolt in Massachusetts that saw Republican Scott Brown elected to a Senate seat that seemed a Democrat lock until a few days before the special election.

But while saying he was holding a summit with Republicans because he wanted to hear their ideas one minute, the president was saying a compromise bill currently being debated behind closed doors will be passed with a simple majority the next. Clearly, Democrats are hell-bent on paying off special interests and don’t care what the voters think.

In Anti-Federalist letter No. 1, Brutus (New York Judge and delegate to the Constitutional Convention Robert Yates) wrote:

“In a free republic, although all laws are derived from the consent of the people, yet the people do not declare their consent by themselves in person, but by representatives, chosen by them, who are supposed to know the minds of their constituents, and to be possessed of integrity to declare this mind.

“In every free government, the people must give their assent to the laws by which they are governed. This is the true criterion between a free government and an arbitrary one. The former are ruled by the will of the whole, expressed in any manner they may agree upon; the latter by the will of one, or a few. If the people are to give their assent to the laws, by persons chosen and appointed by them, the manner of the choice and the number chosen, must be such, as to possess, be disposed, and consequently qualified to declare the sentiments of the people; for if they do not know, or are not disposed to speak the sentiments of the people, the people do not govern, but the sovereignty is in a few.”

Democrats know the consent of the people is not behind them, yet they continue to march in lockstep, obviously bereft of integrity. If Democrats ram through the Obamacare healthcare monstrosity it should be clearer than ever that America is no longer a free republic but is now a nation ruled by a few elites.

By Bob Livingston

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