4.09.2008

Shall We Have a King, Then?



I'se for democracy--mostly.

But Aunty likes her democracy as the Founders meant it to be--a system of government for folks who understood that government was "of the people" and them people knew that self-governing was the task of folks who understood theyselves as "under God."

The American Founders knew that government was an ill, a monster if not regulated.

A famous fella said Democracy wasn't that great, until ya considered the other options.

So, iffin' we misuse and abuse democracy, to the point of utter corruption of the whole idea, well, THEN, I ain't opposed to gettin' a good King (or Queen).



One that writes like this :

No King can be happy without his Subjects be at ease, and the people be secure of enjoying their own without the King be at his ease also, and in a condition to protect them and secure his own right; therefore preserve your prerogative,(as King)

but disturbe not the Subjects in their property, nor conscience, remember the great precept, Do as you would be done to, for that is the law and the Prophets. Be very carefull that none under you oppresse the people, or torment them with vexations, suits, or projects: Remember a King ought to be a Father of his people, and must have a fatherly tendernesse for them... be content with what is your own. Endeavour to settle Liberty of Conscience by a Law.



Our Blessed Saviour whipt people out of the Temple, but I never heard he commanded any should be forced into it; tis a particular grace and favour that God Almighty shews to any, who he enlightens so as to embrasse the true Religion, tis by gentleness, instruction, and good example, people are to be gained and not frightened into it, and I make no doubt if once Liberty of Conscience be well fixed, many conversions will ensue....


It be true that this king weren't perfect--but none ever are. At least when we have monarchs, we have a person that we know is human, not an impersonal system under which all manner of ill and horror can hide.


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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of
moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
(John Stuart Mill)

6 comments:

Enemy of the Republic said...

I have a lot of thoughts on this matter. As long as the will of the people is represented, justice can be served. I love the Constitution. I think we need to grow smaller as a government in order for people to see how good it really is.

Aunty Belle said...

Yes! We need to grow smaller, have more local control. Voices are heard best at the local level.


and insure quality education--to be a high functionin' democracy means folks who can discern, analyze and distinguish truth from propaganda and wishful thinkin.'

However, as the cartoon mentions, I ain't too sure that "the will of the people" always serves justice--the election of Hitler is a stark reminder of the need fer thinkin' discernin' voters. That is worrisome.

The Troll said...

POLL TESTS!

she said...

whas your problem comrade?

grrrrherhahahaha

the further away your representation is from your actual 20, the worse your life as an individual is...thats wendell barry of course, paraphrased

some people need to have the constitution tattoed on they arse aunty.

noam sayin'?

she said...

OT/ aunty; have you been to gates of vienna lately? holy smoke!!! check out the threads on sweden and immigrant violence.

Enemy of the Republic said...

You are right on Hitler--the Germans were responding to a natural leader who gave an emotional empowerment after years of inflation and humiliation. It was not based on reason, and our founding fathers wanted an educated populace who would form their choices based not only on reason but full knowledge. You read my last post; you know what I think happens when true facts are suppressed. This is why we need stronger local government and less big government--people need to make choices on what they can truly learn about. Washington is a cesspool of lies, lobbyists and manipulation; if we still can't figure out who killed Kennedy, then how can we really know what is going on at the federal level. This is one of many reasons I resent paying federal tax--I don't mind state and city tax if it serves our needs, but really, what do the feds do for any of us?

I just watched a documentary on Waco and the Branch Davidians that makes a very convincing claim that the FBI and the agents of guns and tobacco deliberately set the fire in the compound, not David Koresh. They put in combustible tear gas with cynanide that was enough to kill people; it actually broke the bones of the children. So many were already dead or dying before the fires were even lit. If you see the autopies of the children, you will see broken bones as they are curled in fetal positions. What mother would go out with her children when she sees that they are actively killing everyone. Disgusting.