Rasmussen has a couple of polls which demonstrate a total disconnect on the part of the public with regards to the Declaration of Independence. On one hand, the public (by much higher percentages than in years gone by) believes that the legitimacy of the government rests upon the consent of the governed. On the other hand, the public does not believe the US government has the consent of the governed.
’The Declaration of Independence, ratified by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, asserts that “governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed.” A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 70% of American Adults agree with that statement….
…[A] related poll in late June found that just 22 percent of Americans believe their government has the consent of the governed.’
What did Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers recommend when faced with such a government as Washington, DC which has abused the people and no longer enjoys their consent? Let’s look at the words of the Declaration itself:
[I]t is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Let us not forget that the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a celebration of an act of secession. Our ancestors seceded from a government which was much smaller, less intrusive and far more benign than the US Federal Government.