What if We Don’t Really Govern Ourselves? by Andrew P. Napolitano

Never underestimate the power of a whole slew of good questions. From Andrew P. Napolitano at lewrockwell.com:

What if our belief in self-government is a belief in a myth? What if the election of one political party over the other to control Congress changes only appearances? What if taxes stay high and regulations stay pervasive and the government stays oppressive and presidents fight wars no matter what the politicians promise and no matter who wins elections? What if the true goal of those whom we elect to Congress is not to be our agents of self-government or even to preserve our personal liberties but to remain in power by getting re-elected?

What if they use government to aid their own re-elections by bribing us with our own money — the rich with bailouts, the middle class with tax breaks and the poor with transfer payments?

What if Congress has written laws that are too complex for its own members to read and understand? What if the language of most federal laws is intentionally arcane so that ordinary voters cannot understand it? What if that language is actually written by faceless bureaucrats and not by accountable members of Congress? What if members of Congress in fact rarely read any legislation before voting on it? What if some legislation refers to secrets and secret procedures that only a few members of Congress are permitted to see and utilize?

What if when the select few members of Congress who are permitted to see those secrets do see them, those members are themselves sworn to secrecy? What if that means that our elected representatives — our supposed agents of self-government in the government — do not fully know what the government is doing and that even if they do, they can’t legally tell us?

To continue reading: What if We Don’t Really Govern Ourselves?

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One response to “What if We Don’t Really Govern Ourselves? by Andrew P. Napolitano

  1. Bob:
    If memory serves, this speech, or a close proximity, was given by him at the close of one of his last (or THE last!) TV shows on Fox, before the show was cancelled.
    I was always puzzled by its seemingly abrupt cancellation, as it had respectable ratings.
    The judge is, as Branden always reminded, both capable and worthy. I thought Trump should have nominated him to the Supreme Court!
    Perhaps the same forces which caused the cancellation of his show would also have opposed his nomination to same.
    Dave

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