The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% disagree and say the government does not have the necessary consent. Eighteen percent (18%) of voters are not sure.
Mainstream versus political class:
6 percent of what is considered "mainstream" believe the government has consent of the governed.
63 percent of the "political class" believe the government has consent of the governed.
Here is the deal:
We are a Republic but we elect our officials into office to represent us in Democratic elections, thereby giving them "consent", (so to speak) yet many, once there, make political choices that are opposed by those that elected them.
Hence, the importance of taking that consent back by replacing those politicians at the next election.