Elizabeth Warren is Right! The System is Rigged
Mark Twain famously remarked, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” So when U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, proclaimed that “the system is rigged” in her prime-time speech at the Democratic Convention — Bill Clinton’s warm-up act — it appeared that she agreed with Twain and 69 percent of Americans who believe that “politicians break the rules to help people who give them money,” according to a Rasmussen poll in August.
Before assuming that Warren blames politicians for rigging the system, Think Again. In fact, as an advocate of an assertive and growing federal government run by benevolent and enlightened policymakers, Warren is out of sync with Mark Twain, public opinion and America’s founders, who feared a system rigged by powerful elites, like the British one they overturned.
When Thomas Jefferson asked if a “man cannot be trusted with the government of himself, can he then be trusted with the government of others,” he expressed our founders’ concern that future politicians would encroach on our newly declared natural rights and liberties, leading America into “debt, corruption and rottenness.” Hence, our founders designed a government with limited powers to serve — not rule — the people, and to protect our inalienable rights, not confer privileges to special interests.
Today, our founders’ worst nightmares are reality — the system indeed is rigged.