George Will Says No

George can carve a few good words out every once in awhile. These words are from his latest column, In Praise of Saying No.

Today’s health policy “summit” comes at a moment when, as happens with metronomic regularity, Washington is reverberating with lamentations about government being “broken.” Such talk occurs only when the left’s agenda is stalled. Do you remember mournful editorials and somber seminars about “dysfunctional” government when liberals defeated George W. Bush’s Social Security reforms?

The second reason filibusters are supposedly unconstitutional is that they exacerbate the Senate’s flaw as “inherently unrepresentative.” That is, the Founders — who liberals evidently believe were dolts or knaves — designed it to represent states rather than, as the House does, population.

But both parties have been situational ethicists regarding filibusters.

Liberals are deeply disappointed with the public, which fails to fathom the excellence of their agenda.

I saw this line of reasoning from liberals begin to emerge a week or two ago.  They claim that the U.S. has become “ungovernable” because major legislation has been so tough to pass.

That assumes too much.  That assumes that the legislation is good and it assumes the legislation is something that the people want.

Liberals and some conservatives forget that government’s power in our country derives from the consent of the governed.  Because the people haven’t willingly given consent to your ideas isn’t evidence of ungovernability.