“That to secure these rights, governments were instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
For this reason. Securing our rights. That is all. This is the purpose of government.
Agents of the government who act outside of this purpose are doing so in a manner contrary to the spirit that gave courage to the secessionists of the free and independent American states to boldly declare the dissolution of the political bonds with the British Crown. In other words, it’s un-American.
Additionally, the powers of government officials who lack the consent of the people they claim to represent are not just. Their power is illegitimate.
So if your elected representative uses his power to send blood and treasure to foreign nations rather than securing your liberties at home, that is unjust power and you are not being represented.
If your representative has no qualms about using his office to legislatively prop up one industry or business over another but little interest in securing the liberties of individuals, that is unjust power and you are not being represented.
If your representative allows attacks on constitutionally protected rights in favor of State power and does not defend your liberties, that is unjust power and you are not being represented.
If your representative tries to convince you that redistributing your wealth to a foreign state is in the best interest of the U.S., then the U.S. he is referring to is not you. It is the State — the government of the United States — and the power to use legislation to take from you and give to a foreign government is not just and you are not being represented.
When elected officials use their powers to destroy life and property rather than protect it, those powers are unjust. Their representation is illegitimate.
If someone is going to represent me, they must be a sort of “liberty broker.” If they are not actively securing my liberties but are instead constantly raiding my wallet, restricting and monitoring me, and meddling in the market, then their power is unjust and they do not represent me — I do not consent.
“All government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.” Jonathan Swift