Consent of the Governed? 61% say the Federal Government doesn't have it.

@Rollo1 (16685)
Boston, Massachusetts
February 24, 2010 6:06am CST
Feeling like you have no voice in the way this country is governed? Feeling like the country has moved far away from the concept of "the consent of the governed" as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently described in the Declaration of Independence? Well, you're not alone. A Rasmussen poll reported February 18, 2010, reveals that 61% of the American people believe the government currently does not have the necessary consent of the governed. The government does NOT have the consent of the governed: 78% of Republicans agree 65% of unaffiliated voters agree 32% of Democrats agree Interestingly, those with lower incomes were more likely to believe the government does not operate with the consent of the governed, with the lowest incomes being the most skeptical. Do you feel that the federal government has the consent of the governed? Do they have your consent?
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• United States
24 Feb 10
They don't have my approval either.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Feb 10
I know they don't have mine. I don't understand why they just don't seem to care.
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@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
24 Feb 10
Unfortunately the lower income folks vote and don't participate in the process, according to all the pollster professionals. Legally they have the consent, in the early days none of the people voted in federal elections our representatives did. Canpaign financial reform would change a lot of this sentiment. It is not cosent it is approval that is the question. And no they don't have my approval.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Feb 10
Our representatives (Congress) do not have our consent, either. They keep doing as they please rather than as the people want them to do. Their approval rating overall is now about 10%. I don't approve of them either.
@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
24 Feb 10
Using the term consent is not subjective. Do we approve of what they are doing, no? Do they have consent, 100% because we legally elected, at least, most of them. There fore they have legal consent. By law they have our consent, this is still a representative country. I guess I am suggesting that your question is using a legal term for a subjective argument. The real bottom line here is this, if we want our representatives to represent the common people then we have to tone down the Liberal, Conservative argument first and second we have to take the money for these folks to get elected out of the equation. Back in the early 2000's John McCain presented us with the idea that the add on spending on one bill would have paid for all of their elections. This would not only save the taxpayers a lot of money but we would be first in their decission making process. Our government cannot be representative of the people when our elected officials have to raise thousands of dollars a month to maintain their office. Nor can they be representative when blackmailed or unduley influenced by corperate and or special interest groups that threaten them by using huge sums of money against them.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Feb 10
I would not say they have consent. Nor would I say they are representing those who elected them. Representation indicates an advocacy for another, putting forth the interests of the people they represent. This Congress does not represent the people, they represent their own agendas. Expressing approval or disapproval is simply putting a response to a situation. Consent by election assumes the provision that the representative will execute the will of the people.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I do not feel the government has our consent. Our reps have learned to totally ignore the will of the people who elect them and it's our own fault. We've become lazy and uninvolved, content to let the government do as it wishes as long as it doesn't directly impact our cable television, our choice of cars or our spending habits. Now that we can't live in our deceptively secure cocoons, we have awakened and seen the damage we've done. I'm not in the lower income category but I've been prudent with my income and keep an eye on things because my attention to detail is all that stands between me and total dependence on my children--if that makes any difference in the class of responder I would be.