“Black people who were never slaves are fighting white people who were never Nazis over a confederate statue erected by Democrats because Democrats can’t stand their own history anymore.. yet somehow it’s Trump’s fault.” — Jeff Laffite Jones
“We must disenthrall ourselves.” – Lincoln
Whenever humans seek to perfect the imperfect world either progress or regress may be the result, but regardless of the result, evil ensues.
Whenever a class of people, self-anointed, seek to impose Utopia on the world, evil ensues.
Whenever a group of people seek to arrogate the power of the people to themselves, evil ensues.
It is not that power corrupts but that some broken people are compelled to corrupt democratically distributed power through statist centralization and media manipulation. If the age of kings was the age of rule by one monarch, the current age drifts towards the rule of many much much smaller kings acting in unison.
This is the age of the Mini-Monarchists; of rule by the faction of “Little Hitlers.” Their accouterments are not uniforms and stark symbols, but cap & gown, press passes, Twitter BlueCheckists, and union cards.
Their collective policy and plan for the nation is Plague.
All Faction, no matter the origin or ideals, is in the end Fascist. The Founders knew Faction and feared it. Much of the Federalist Papers is taken up with the problem of suppressing Faction and the Constitution is the carefully wrought attempt at a solution to it. Of course, the Founders also knew that Faction as Fascism is never finished except by fire and fire alone. This is why, in the Founders’ founding document, the Declaration of Independence, they included this provision,
“when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
As the Founders knew from their own experience, this is much easier said than done. Sustaining such a government was even harder. Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation:
“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”
One can witness, daily, new attempts at usurpations of power and overturning free elections as the current matched set of “ruling elites” tries to undo the will of the People and plunge the country into anarchy. Indeed, it seems that there is little in American political life that has not, since November, had some appointed group of malign Faction assigned to it for purposes of some dubious transformation. On every hand, on “news shows,” on social media platforms, and elsewhere one can witness an endless stream of baseless vituperation and spite aimed at overturning the ship of state.
H.L. Mencken, no stranger to realpolitik in the United States once put it this way, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
An American president during the shooting phase of the last Civil War put it this way:
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” — Abraham Lincoln: Second Inaugural Address
And deeper still into history we can remember another time of great plagues:
And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.
For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. — Exodus 10
In both instances, the only solutions that could be found were not greater control of the people by the Faction, but greater freedom for the people from all Faction. And until they found that freedom again, the plagues only continued.
First composed and written Aug 16, 2017