From my early days of becoming interested in politics – which began when I first started blogging as Witterings From Witney, way back in November 2011, the one politician whom I often quoted was Ronald Reagan.
Listen to his first inaugural address:
(text here) – and compare that with which our ears are berated today during the campaign season for the June 8th general election.
It is admitted that Reagan was, it could be said, operating under the system of representative democracy but with a slight difference in that, unlike the United Kingdom certain powers were truly devolved and free of ‘central government’ constraints.
Some of Reagan’s phrases are worthy of repetition:
We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people………..You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation?
Question: So why do we allow governments to ‘mash out’ our nation’s credit card – and without our approval? The idea of Referism anyone?
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?
Question: In which case, just why do we accept a system of democratised dictatorship whereby a select few are able to govern every aspect of our lives- and in the process forcibly extract from our hard-earned income, without our approval, the funds to further their ideological ‘dreams’? I repeat: the idea of ‘Referism’ anyone?
We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
Question: If we are nation that has a government – and not the other way round – why do we permit a political elite to believe otherwise? If a government has no power except that granted by the people, how is it that we allow a system of democracy to exist that denies the people the right to ‘correct’ their government on a day-to-day basis?
and, finally, to paraphrase Reagan:
The crisis we are facing today does require of us the kind of sacrifice that so many have made throughout history – and latterly in two world wars – to preserve that for which this nation stood. Consequently, it does require of us our best efforts and a willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. After all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are British and we are a proud nation- consequently, we do not take kindly to being told what we must do.
To that extent, we should take a lesson from Switzerland – and adopt the one method of democracy that maintains the people of a nation are sovereign, thereby ensuring they, the people, have the last word on ‘political excess’.
When we look at what is happening today, in the United Kingdom, what we are experiencing is not an election but an electure – and that ain’t democracy in action.