Thursday, March 3, 2016

Quote of the Day - the Death Of The Republic edition

Seen at Counting Cats In Zanzibar:
In this sense, the old Marxist Tony Benn had it about right when he raised the matter of the democratic deficit in the [European Union] during the European Parliamentary Elections Bill of the 5 questions that should be asked of anyone who sought to wield power.
  • What power do you have?
  • Where did you get it?
  • In whose interests do you exercise it?
  • To whom are you accountable?
  • How can we get rid of you?
Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.
The fact of the matter is that despite the appearance of democracy in the form of the European Parliament, power within the EU does not reside with anyone who was directly elected by the people and consequently the people cannot “Throw the bums out”
The Trumpening is a result of the increasing frustration felt in America at the failure of "throw the bums out".  Landslide election victories for the nominally "small government" party in 2010, 2012 (except for the defeat of the sad sack big government presidential nominee), and 2014 have led to a big fat nothing.  Obamacare is still here.  Huge fiscal deficits are still here.  An out of control, politicized bureaucracy still is coming after Middle America.  Nothing has changed.

But the only constant is change.  It may be good, it may be bad, it may be neutral.  But it's different.


Old NFO said...

Listening to Romney's attack on Trump. Interesting... The elites are really grasping at straws... I wonder what the 'payback' to Romney is for this???

ASM826 said...

And that last question, how does it apply to unelected bureaucrats?

Anonymous said...

At the end of the day, that's why I'm voting for Trump. He's different. It doesn't hurt that he may be slightly crazy to boot. We need that in a President.

burt said...

One thing that Trump got exactly right: Mittens is definitely a failed candidate.