Governor Gregoire signed a bill taking away from the people of Washington State to choose how their electors will vote in the electoral college. Instead of giving that power back to the legislature, they gave that power to the majority of the population of the United States. (link)
Hey, I have a proposal the democrats will all get behind. Why not just elect a president who can write laws and appoint judges and get rid of the congress? We could hold a national election once in a while, maybe 4 years or 10 years, or perhaps even when he dies. Better yet, let’s just let the central leader choose his own successor.
Sounds great! Sounds new and fresh, too! And neat! One person to do everything in the government for us. I am sure the Democrats will get all aboard on it—since that is the direction they are heading.
For those of you who don’t see the problem, let me spell it out: Power corrupts. Once a person gets in government, something changes and they become evil. It happens to everyone. He becomes evil because he wants to wield the power of government to exactly what it is not intended to do—oppress the people and abuse their rights.
The Founding Fathers knew this, so they wanted to build a system where no one man or even one group could ever consolidate all the power. They did so with a system of checks and balances. That’s what has kept our government from becoming too powerful all these years. It’s the system the democrats are trying to overthrow so that they can use government to abuse the rights of the people.
What are those checks and balances? Well, you may have heard how the president, congress, and the courts are set in opposition one to another. Each has a noose around the neck of the other, and if they so desired, they could easily extinguish the power of the others. I won’t describe the checks and balances here; they are well documented in the constitution itself.
There are two other entities that have a check and balance over the entire federal government. One is the people. The people created the government, they elect the representatives, they compose the militia, and they serve on juries for all criminal and serious civil trials.
The other is, or rather was, the states. The states had power over the federal government because they were independent of the federal government and chose the senators and the president. Of course, since then the people have taken the power to elect the senators and have mostly taken the power to choose the president.
The problem with giving all the power to a majority of the people is that people don’t always do what’s best for them. It is actually quite easy for a politicians, like Barack Obama, to fool the majority of the people with lies and deceptions. With a silver tongue, he can easily tell the people he will do the impossible. A desperate people will respond to this sophistry at precisely the moment they need to apply logic and reason.
That’s true for a majority. As the majority goes off the cliff like lemmings, a minority will see what’s right and make wise decisions. The important principle of our government is that it is ruled by the people—all of the people—not the majority. The majority may choose some things, but they cannot and do not choose everything. The power of the majority is tempered by the minority who have power given to them—minorities like the senate, the president, the state legislatures and governors, and the courts. Usually, there are enough in the sane minority who still hold on to the powers of government that they can correct most unwise decisions by the people.
This is the secret of our government. If we turn over all of our power to a majority, or any group, we will fail. It is important to keep the states empowered and functional as one of the checks and balances in our system of government.