What are potential consequences of enacting a law that citizens do not support?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I sense two distinct realities that result from passing a law that is contrary to public interest of perceived as such.  The first would be the risk of public outrage.  If a law or legislation was passed which is against public interest of perceived to be such, there is usually a loud and persistent cry of disgust from the body politic. Examples of such in recent events would be the summer election in Iran as well as the American debate over health care legislation.  In Iran, an election was perceived to have resulted against the public interest.  The result was a massive display of public outrage with demonstrations and protest, seen all over the world.  In the States, the debate over health care legislation, and the perception that whatever is done will be against the public interest, is evident on multiple levels. The second problem with using the office of public affairs against the wishes of the public would be the delegitimization of authority that results.  Whenever legislation or actions are taken that are not concurrent with the wishes of the public, there is a natural disenchantment and disengagement that results regarding the public offices of government.