"The Rebirth of the Divine Right of Kings"
Few people realize what a miracle of timing the birth of the United States was - as though God pulled together the right combination of historical pressures, the availability of resource rich land and the brief and brilliant flowering of a 1iberating philosophy.
For one brief shining moment in the 1700's and early 1800's, the leaders of an obscure English colony on the shores of North America, believed completely in the astounding idea put forth by English philosopher John Locke that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Locke's ideas were called anti-Christian by writers of the day who sought to defend the idea of the superiority of "noble birth" and by later writers who sought to discredit his ideas and establish divine rights for themselves. Almost immediately, the nobility and the gentlemanly class began to look for a weapon with which to undermine Locke's astounding idea that the ordinary plowboy had as much potential to be the leader of a nation as did the son of a baron or duke.
They found such a weapon in Darwin and the pseudo-science of eugenics. If intelligence and other factors such as "natural leadership" and ability to handle money could be inherited, then, joy of joys, men were not created equal after all. It meant, they argued, that there ought to be a privileged class after all based on the superiority of genetics.
But it was already too late. The United States were already firmly established, based squarely on the principle that everyone ought to have an equal shot at success. Worse yet, they were promiscuously teaching this blasphemy in their public schools to generations of young plowboys and farmer's daughters.
In the late 1800's the wealthy and professional classes seized upon the twisted science of eugenics to justify the holding of power by elite families and scions of rich politicians and, ironically, some of the very people who had acquired their wealth thanks to the democracy of American capitalism. Ivy league schools began pumping out a new American "nobility" who began, in those unsophisticated times, to openly look for ways to sterilize the "feeble-minded" and marginalize the working classes.
They divided into two groups. The liberal elites on the left felt sorry for the poor in a paternalistic way and under the leadership of Karl Marx, studied ways to manipulate the proletariat shamelessly toward their own ends. They embraced the new eugenics as evidence of their own moral and intellectual superiority and justification of their moral right to leadership.
On the radical right, the elite disdained the lower classes and embraced eugenics as a guide to improving the human race through a kind of hybrid corporate socialism that marginalized the lower classes and, of course, justified their own natural superiority and place as leaders.
It explains why the Nazis and Communists were such deadly enemies. Both felt that they were the natural leaders of the world and there is not room for two "natural" leaders. Thankfully, the people of the United States still embraced the antique philosophy of our founding fathers and turned loose the massive power of a nation of free men and women and shut both enemies down - temporarily.
Sadly, it may have been a last gasp. It looks like the paternalistic left and the iron-fisted right have risen up again. The Ivy League is busily pumping out both elitist Democrats and country club Republicans, all trying desperately to justify their "natural" right to the mantle of leadership. The Tea Parties and 912 rallies frighten them to their bones. These guys are students of history. They know what happens when the "nobility" over-reaches. France and Russia stand as stark witnesses of the consequences of waking up the proletariat.
The reason the ordinary Americans who jammed the streets of Washington yesterday are angry is that they feel like something is being stolen from them.
And it is!
The last election offered no real choice for those of us who believe in the principle that all men are created equal. We were given a choice between two groups of elitists, both of whom proposed an increase in the size and intrusiveness of government; both seeking to increase their power base; neither respecting the voters as anything but a tool in their hands to insure their continued power.
After all, these are the hereditary great men of America. They have inherited the mantle of leadership due to their superior genes, their superior education and their moral obligation to rule over those lesser than themselves. They see themselves as uniquely qualified to play the "great game" of politics.
That's why the appeal to the constitution has little weight with them. The constitution is based on what they consider an outmoded idea. "All men are created equal." What patent balderdash!
With the establishment of the United States upon that principle, God bought us a little time and created a refuge in which we could, for the first time in the history of the world, work out on a grand scale the grand principles of Christianity.
That all men are of equal value.
That you should treat everyone as you yourself would want to be treated.
That you have a right to life, to freedom and to opportunity.
That only God has a right to lead us. That a nation's leaders serve the people of the nation, not themselves.
The same folks who once argued in favor of the divine right of kings are today's socialists and facists. They are two sides of the same coin.
It's little wonder Americans are saying, "Enough!"
Just one man's opinion!
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