Friday, October 31, 2008

This is going to piss some folks off

I have been coming to the conclusion that a great deal of our problems stem from the fact that we have becoming increasingly a Democracy and less and less a Representative Republic.

It is apparent to me that the founding fathers did not think much of the idea of establishing a full democracy to run the country. They appeared to spend quite a bit of effort in the idea of removing the governing bodies from the direct control of the populace. Worked for quite a while too.

Let's look at the original constitution.

  • Executive branch elected by the electoral college, not the direct vote (Still in effect, much to Al Gore's chagrin).
  • Senate appointed by the state legislatures, not the direct vote (Changed to direct election in 1913, which was also the same year that gave us the federal reserve bank).
  • Supreme Court appointed by the President (not directly elected) and confirmed by the Senate (not directly elected).
  • The House of Representatives was the only branch of government that was to be directly elected. This was also coupled with the shortest term.
  • Even consider the concept of Initiatives. It is my firm belief that the concept would have caused the framers to shudder. There is no provision for direct initiatives in the Articles of Confederation, any of the original State Constitutions, or in the Constitution.
I would suspect that this was set up this way for a specific reason. Currently, we here in the US have this odd idea that all people are smart enough to know what is good for them. I don't know where we got this myth. Everyday life seems to go out of its way to disabuse us of this concept. We pay no attention to the constant lessons of our collective stupidity and cling resolutely to the myth that most folks are smart enough to pound sand.

Folk, don't get pissed at me here, I'm just asking you to think about it. The definition of average IQ is 100. That means that 50% of the population is <100. We give those folks the vote.

My feeling is that the framers of the constitution had this in mind when they wrote the thing.

Have a happy election day.


Anonymous said...

Why would we be pissed off. You have hit the nail on the head. You did forget the 16th amendment also passed around the same time as the 17th and the Federal Reserve. They are all part of the same initiative.

Another thing you'll find in the original constitution was that not every one and their brother could vote.

The framers did not forget it. They did not neglect it. They did it for a very very good reason. And you and I and all the rest alive today could probably figure out what tht reason was if we really thought hard about it.

Its shame really. That we have allowed it to get to this. Maybe next time we wont be so nieve.

irishdutchuncle said...

as always, worth the read.

the libs are happy with that situation, whereby they can save the clueless electorate from themselves. it gives them purpose. of course for the most part, the constitution, left to itself, does a much better job than the libs.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself!