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“Congress Stinks.” Tripartisan Opinion Is in Agreement.

Written by Gary North on November 13, 2013

In a rare display of tripartisanship, Americans this month have declared that they have almost no trust in Congress. A Gallup poll revealed the following: “Public displeasure with Congress is equally rampant across political groups, with Republicans (9%), independents (8%), and Democrats (10%) giving the institution similarly low approval ratings.”

Gallup awarded Congress a 9. This is the worst performance in the 39 years that Gallup has polled the public on this issue. The previous low was 10, reached twice in 2012.

This may seem insignificant. It isn’t. This is a matter of lost legitimacy. When the public ceases to trust an organization, that organization faces credibility issues. Over time, the organization will lose influence.

Legitimacy undergirds democracy. When voters lose faith in Congress, this means that they lose faith in the outcome of Congress’s wrangling. They no longer believe in the ethical reliability of the source of legislation.

When voters lose faith in legislation, they lose faith in law.

The source of law is the god of a society. If the source of legislation is distrusted, then its claim to represent the law is undermined.

Two words threaten legitimacy: “Oh yeah?”

Two other words also threaten legitimacy: “Says you.”

Today, the vast majority of American voters are saying these four words to Congress.

What can Congress do to restore confidence? Nothing. Once an institution falls below double digits in public approval, it is in a death spiral.

The heart of all government is self-government. If the public ceases to grant approval to Congress, individuals will begin to break the law. They may not be open about this, but they will no longer predictably conform.

The state’s power rests on voluntary conformity to the law. But this power in turn rests on authority: the public’s granting of legitimacy to the state. This authority is being withdrawn, voter by voter. This is not organized. This is why it is such a threat to the U.S. government. The bureaucrats cannot stamp out this process, precisely because it is not organized. It is spreading.

The Internet is a big part of this. It is offering too many viewpoints. The Establishment has been a source of the federal government’s legitimacy, because it has controlled the distribution of information. This control is ending. TV networks, local newspapers, and the public schools have been the main outlets for federal government propaganda. The first two are visibly going bankrupt. The third is losing support, although more slowly.

We are seeing the decline of approval in the source of legislation. Over time, the legislation itself will cease to gain approval. At that point, obedience will be based on fear, not approval. Fear never works as well as approval to gain compliance.

How fearful should the public be of an institution that cannot get a website to work properly?

The little men behind the curtain are facing a major problem.


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4 thoughts on ““Congress Stinks.” Tripartisan Opinion Is in Agreement.

  1. Phillip the Bruce says:

    It can't happen fast enough.

  2. Gary North: "The source of law is the god of a society."

    How very true, but I wonder how many people have thought about the implications of this as it concerns the Constitution:

    When one understands that the principal means by which we keep the First Commandment is by observing Yahweh's other moral laws (of course, under the New Covenant, through Christ as Lord and Savior, motivated by love) and that idolatry is not so much about statues as it is statutes, it becomes clear that all governments are theocratic, serving either the true God or some false god, demonstrated by what laws they keep and consider the supreme law of the land.

    Furthermore, all non-existent false gods (1Corinthians 8:4-6) always have been and always will represent we the people in one form or another. For example, because Baal was not an extant god, Baalism was just ancient form of we the people.

    "…There is no escaping theocracy. A government’s laws reflect its morality, and the source of that morality (or, more often than not, immorality) is its god. It is never a question of theocracy or no theocracy, but whose theocracy. The American people, by way of their elected officials, are the source of the Constitutional Republic’s laws. Therefore, the Constitutional Republic’s god is WE THE PEOPLE.

    "People recoil at the idea of a theocracy’s morality being forced upon them, but because all governments are theocracies, someone’s morality is always being enforced. This is an inevitability of government. The question is which god, theocracy, laws, and morality will we choose to live under?…"

    For more, see online Chapter 3 "The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH." Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.

  3. Politics is RELIGION in action – plain and simple. What standards are we to live on and are these standards absolute & equitable – that's the question.

  4. Now let's see who plays this insurance scandle the best. The political heads are just a turning with all the possibilities and few are for the good of us, The American People!!!