Do We Want To Govern Ourselves

A friend of mine sent me an article that asks an interesting question, do Americans want to govern themselves?  You can read the article in full HERE.

The article itself is full of contradictions.  It starts making the following statement:

...65 percent said that "people don't have enough time or knowledge to make political decisions."  Majorities also said that "you can't be too careful in dealing with people" (60 percent) and "most people would take advantage of you if they had the chance" (52 percent).

This implies people do not trust one other.

They also quote Pollster Scott Rasmussen:

"Americans don't want to be governed from the left or the right," Scott Rasmussen tells the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conference of 1,500 conservative and moderate legislators. "They want, like the Founding Fathers, to largely govern themselves with Washington in a supporting -- but not dominant -- role. The tea party movement is today's updated expression of that sentiment.

But then the article concludes with the following:

According to Hibbing and Theiss-Morse, the public would rather have other people make the decisions... About a third of the public is willing to delegate authority to such people even if they are not elected.

That contradicts everything in the first half of the article leaving us to question which is it, do Americans want less government interference and more independence or do they want to be cared for from cradel to grave?

This indecision is why I think our country is swinging back and forth to more extremes.  People seem to want to give up all control over the things that impact their day to day lives but then at the same time continue to get upset when those they give this power to either abuse it or force things upon them they disagree with.

"We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government."  James Madison

I think people are willing to take responsibility for themselves and their own lives.  I am not willing to believe that we've come to a point in history where Americans are willing to allow themselves to be slaves at the will of others.  I hope for all our sakes that I'm right.