Here’s another way we can introduce discipline into the political process and hold elected officials accountable. Let’s tell them in advance that if they do not keep their campaign promises, we will prosecute them for treason.
The reasoning is that since campaign promises equal the consent of the governed for the victor, then breaking their word on campaign promises equals violating the consent of the governed. Under our Declaration of Independence, governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. That’s one of the two principles which really form the essence of America, our belief that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
So violating the consent of the governed is indeed an attack on America, and does indeed give aid and comfort to our enemies. And therefore qualifies as treason.
The political establishment might squeal in shock. Too bad. If we put them on notice that this is our policy, then we can hold them accountable. We’ve got a President who will order prosecutors to convene a grand jury; we’ll be the citizens sitting on that grand jury, so we can hand down indictments; and we’ll be the citizens sitting on the jury at trial, so we can convict.
It all works, if we just do it!
Nothing in the customary political process ever seems to work to get these scoundrels to obey. We need to keep upping the stakes until we find something that actually changes their behavior. This might be it. Especially after the first group swings from a rope. Those who scoffed at first might then take us at our word.
By the way, the other of the two principles which really form the essence of America? It’s also in the Declaration of Independence. We are the people who look around and see the evidence for ourselves, and then freely proclaim that it’s obvious God created us and He’s in charge!
ERpundit – 09/10/18