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Legitimacy

Hatta (162192) writes | more than 5 years ago

Government 5

A government exists to protect it's citizens. Any government that doesn't, doesn't deserve to exist. Let's look at the US government.

In 2004 crime in the US cost its victims almost 16 billion dollars. [cite(pdf, table 82)]

A government exists to protect it's citizens. Any government that doesn't, doesn't deserve to exist. Let's look at the US government.

In 2004 crime in the US cost its victims almost 16 billion dollars. [cite(pdf, table 82)]

The criminals behind the current financial crisis have cost the US *trillions* of dollars. Clearly, theft, fraud, and all other property crimes are insignificant in the face of this disaster, and our government did nothing to stop it, and is holding no one accountable. They have utterly failed in their responsibility to protect us.

The WTC attacks on 9/11/01 killed nearly 3000 Americans and caused losses reaching 1.7 trillion dollars in the stock market. [cite]
In response, Bush went to war with Iraq. This war has killed over 4500 Americans and will cost over 3.5 trillion dollars. [cite(pdf, p.1)] Not only did the US government fail to protect us, they harmed us worse than Bin Laden did.

Let's keep going. In 2007, 775,138 people were arrested for marijuana possession. In contrast, 597,447 were arrested for *all violent crimes combined. [cite]. As you can see, the US government victimizes more of its citizens than it protects.

So what's left to justify the existence of this government? Majority rule perhaps? Well, Barack Obama got 62.98 million votes in 2008. The voting age population in 2008 was 230,117,876.[cite] That's 27% of our population that voted for this president. That can in no way be interpreted as a mandate to rule.

From all these facts and figures, one conclusion is clear. The US government has no claim to legitimacy whatsoever.

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Huh? (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850833)

You only just figured that out? Besides, this is the price you pay for representative government: A disconnected elite of rulers.

There's supposed to be upshots to this kind of system, but I can't see them anymore.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27852445)

There's supposed to be upshots to this kind of system, but I can't see them anymore.

Well then, maybe it's time to trade in the ol' wide screen for an AK, and march into the nearest police station screaming, "Eat lead, motherfuckers!" See, as long as I have beer in the fridge, and somebody else's balls to bust, I don't give a shit. In fact, I kinda like it. I'm the king of the world, the way I see it. Why risk any of that for some nebulous "change"? Whatever the eee-leet lays onto me, I take out on the kids. Want the belt? Or the wrench? Next thing I remember is gettin' up out of my vomit encrusted authentic Naugahyde La-Z-Boy* at around 3am to take a leak. It's freedom, baby! Yeah!

*actually that would be my brand new monster F-350 I just wrapped around a really strong telephone pole..just outside the driveway

Re:Huh? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27853315)

Nah, it's the price you pay for a sleeping electorate.
The government is only as F'ed up as we let it be.

Re:Huh? (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#27853549)

The government is only as F'ed up as we let it be.

True up to a point. Things like the electoral college add unnecessary layers of abstraction.

Ah yes. The Good German is not to blame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27854403)

It's absolutely true. We don't just "let it be", we "make it so". The government is only our delegate. We are the authority. With our massive power, we can save or kill millions.. of our own if we have to. The government has no power without an army. And we are that army. Civilian and military alike. And it's all volunteer. The government will always do what we say, even when it tells us what to say. And we will say it vociferously and proudly. We shall protect the homeland.

Our grand failure is the refusal to accept responsibility for what our government does. It couldn't happen without us. This passing the blame only serves to perpetuate the problem. We too need to be marched in front of the graves we have dug, and the ones we are digging.

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