Obama (and, let’s face it, every president before him) has been wielding executive orders like they’re going out of style. Congress has done a little pissing and moaning but otherwise have been entirely complicit. This combination has basically made the Office of the President a royal position, a king.
All that work the fighters of the Revolutionary War did to overthrow the king has been entirely undone and we’ve effectively returned to a monarchy. All is not lost though, in fact there is a major advantage to monarchies.
The best thing about a monarchy is that everybody knows who to blame. Democracies and republics appear to be designed in such a way as to push blame around so the people can never figured out who screwed them. Look at popular conservative sites, they blame Obama for everything. The popular progressive sites blame the republican controlled congress for everything. When there is an actual king the people blame him for everything. The English Civil War was sparked because people were pissed and the monarch was the target of their aggression. Likewise, the French Revolution was started under similar circumstances. The American Revolutionary War was also started by people upset with a king.
When there is a monarchy and things go bad the people get shit done. Arguing about who brought unfavorable conditions upon the people is unnecessary, there is only one man in charge.
Finally stating the obvious, that the United States isn’t a representative republic but a form of monarchy may be advantageous. I’m willing to give it a try, let’s issue the crown and see where we end up.
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Trouble is, the whole _point_ of monarchy is for the selection of a monarch to be completely arbitrary. If the guy who gets to be in charge is just some dude whose mom happened to be the last Queen, then it relieves the rest of the population of the necessity to involve themselves in politics.
Handing royal powers to an office that’s subject to periodic election is effectively the worst of both worlds…you get the personal tyranny of the guy who actually holds the office _and_ the collective tyranny of all the innumerable factions that gather to do battle every 4 years over who gets to decide who the next personal tyrant is going to be.
At least with a strictly hereditary monarch, one gets good kings periodically by the luck of the draw. Representative democracy, on the other hand, exerts _enormous_ selective pressure in _favor_ of precisely the sort of person who is least worthy of being trusted with power. Its only redeeming feature in the American context was the limitations on the power it handed out. Which, as you’ve noted, are rapidly disappearing.
What you’ve state is entirely correct. This post was mainly a combination of sarcasm, devil’s advocacy, and criticism on how apathetic the average person is when it comes to holding politicians accountable for their actions.
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