The Agonist has commented on a blurb from Slashdot. He(She?) says some compelling things, such as:
“I find this all very interesting because there are majorities for universal healthcare and for abortion on demand, and have been for ages – yet there has been no action on either of these things. There is a majority for getting out of Iraq yet every nominee who stands a chance of being the President with the exception of Richardson won’t rule out “residual forces” – just as American legislators won’t do what the majority wants, yet there seesm to be this bipartisan consensus for spying on Americans (there was no public outcry for the FISA changes); for torture; for ending habeas corpus; and for internal passports and a computer system which will tell you if you can work or not and which you won’t be able to fully appeal the damages of false positives to the court system (this restriction of the courts right to try cases is becoming more and more common.)
“The only conclusion one can come to anymore is that the US is no longer a functioning democracy. The elites in the country are doing what they want to do no matter what the majority opinion.”
So I ask my readers: do you think your government truly represents your needs? I will answer first, and my answer is complicated.
Yes, it meets the most basic needs for roads, basic infrastructures, basic protections, and general order. However, I do not believe the redistribution of wealth (which is any government’s charter) is equitable. Nor do I believe that legislation truly reflects the will of the majority. I also believe that the Federal Government has accrued far too much power unto itself, dismantled certain safeguards, and effectively destroyed the balance of powers, which paves the way to a totalitarian government.
I also believe that if a totalitarian government is possible–it already exists. Most Americans are kept blissfully unaware that they no longer have the freedoms and safeguards that they once had. Next year we will be forced to carry around ID papers everywhere we go. Once the states who oppose this measure are squashed by the overpowered Federalis, we might see a hint of our true government. Later, when a Federal State of Emergency is declared because of some 9/11-like event, it might be too late to stop the outcome.