If you are interested in politics (or just current events), Instapundit is a daily "must visit" blog. Today the Instapundit, Glenn Reyondols of the University of Tennessee law school has a column in the Washington Examiner asking the question: Does our current government really derive its powers from the consent of the governed? And if it doesn't, can the present government's exercise of power be considered "just" as understood from the Declaration of Independence?
A nation whose government does not rest on the consent of the governed is a nation whose government holds sway only by inertia, or by force.
It is a nation vulnerable to political shocks, usurpation, or perhaps even political collapse or civil war. It is a body politic suffering from a serious illness. Those who care about America should be very worried.