05 July 2022

Government legitimacy deriving from the consent of the governed

 I have come to see the core message and program that Democrats need to focus on as the simple words of the Declaration of Independence. Our country has lost its way. Our government is SUPPOSED to ensure core rights and that "to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...."   But it is no longer working to do this. Of course, it never has, perfectly, but with the present Supreme Court and minoritarian governance structure, it is utterly failing at this. Our core goal as Democrats, articulated and messaged with finesse and virtuosity, must be the restoration as a goal of this principle, and its accomplishment, incrementally but deliberately, over the shortest possible time. We can no longer accept being governed by a minority whose policies and ideology is disfavored by a significant majority of Americans. This is the very kind of tyranny against which the American Revolution was fought. 

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