August 28th, 2012
We trust the American people. Decisions made at the national level are rarely as good as decisions made at the local level by the people they affect. We believe in returning decision making to a level as local as practical. This will increase the quality of these decisions, and the accountability of those making them. The ultimate governance question is “Who Decides?” We believe that the answer is… YOU.
Through Pollution Dilution.
It is commonly stated dictum in the environmental sciences that, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” This simple rule can be effectively applied to the current political situation in our country. When concentrated, materials that are normally non-hazardous can become hazardous. This principle was known to the Founders of our country and was applied to the design of our political system. The Founders understood that the concentration of power was dangerous to the citizens, and that power must be diluted or dispersed among the people.
Today, power has become more and more concentrated in Washington DC, and in the state capitols. Thousands upon thousands of decisions that were once in the hands of individual citizens or their local governments are now in the hands of politicians or bureaucrats who are hundreds or thousands of miles away from the citizens they affect. This has had a toxic effect on the governance of our country.
The belief that our government is “toxic” to the citizens is non-partisan. Ask citizens in San Francisco or Berkeley, California if the federal government is representative of their beliefs and you will hear a resounding “NO.” Ask the more generally conservative people in College Station, Texas the same question and you will hear the same response.
The more decisions become centralized, the worse those decisions tend to be in regard to the vast majority of citizens they affect. At a scale like the entire country, it is rare that decisions actually reflect the beliefs of the majority of those they will affect. 6% of people think that Congress is doing a “fair” or “good” job. Yet roughly 70% of Americans have faith in their local governments. Dispersed power, close to the people, is healthier for communities.
Over the last two and a half centuries, power has become centralized in Washington, DC, and even in state capitals. Power, when concentrated, is a pollutant to good government. It is time for “Dilution of the Pollution. It is time to trust the people to govern themselves. Whether the community is in Berkeley, California, or in College Station, Texas, the citizens who make up Citizens for Self Governance trust the people to govern themselves. Do you?