What’s wrong with those people?


Currently 11% of the country thinks that the federal government is doing a fine job.
63% of the country thinks that the federal government is doing a poor or horrible job.
20% think that American Idle has continued to reach new highs in the talent they showcase.
The questions, what does the government have to do that it hasn’t yet done that would shake the opinion of that apparantly brain dead 11%?   And if there are that few people that actually agree with the overall picture of what the government is doing, how long will the government get to keep doing it without the consent of the governed?
And what is with those folks who vote based on liking someone rather than what their policies are?  Even in the face of the evidence of what their policies are doing to the country.

About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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2 Responses to What’s wrong with those people?

  1. Jay Sprout says:

    I think you’re presuming there’s a connection that doesn’t actually exist. Perhaps 63% do think the government is doing a horrible job but that horrible government still very much has the consent of the governed because the governed are too self-absorbed and comfortable to care. Yes, people will gripe, point fingers, and answer surveys but until they are actually denied their iPhones and lattes, griping and pointing fingers is all they will do.

  2. drrik says:

    The problem is one that was forseen by James Madison, when he talked about the difficulty of setting up a representative republic, in Federalist Paper #10 56-65. In there he talked about the necessity of having enough people represented to break the dangerous “violence of the faction” or the “propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities”. He called this the cabals of the few. This is the danger of every democracy. But equally dangerous to this idea of liberty and representative government is the “confusion of a multitude”. “By enlarging too much the number of electors, you render the representative too little acquainted with all their local circumstances and lesser interests”. But not just does the rpresentative become detached. When the number of people represeted becomes too large, “it will be more difficult for all who feel it to discover their own strength, and to act in unison with each other”. The people no longer are able to hold sway or be truly represented.
    We are now headed in the direction of government detailed in Thomas Hobbes’s book Leviathan.

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