Do we really understand power? pt 1

There is a story needing to be told – it’s a story of how legitimate government, that of a constitutional republic, was progressively and deliberately undermined, not only politically – but, most importantly, in the minds of the People.

What is this thing called ‘democracy’? Yes – we all know the standard definitions of the term – what democracy is supposed to be in theory. But how about in practice?

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

Both of the above quotes are by John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. It is no coincidence that they spring from the same author, both being intimately connected to these current times.

John Adams was hardly alone among his peers in his scorn for democracy:

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Thomas Jefferson

Furthermore, this thinking was hardly confined to the 18th century. Here’s what Plato had to say on the subject, more that 2000 years prior:

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.

This is precisely why America was set up as a constitutonal republic – with three co-equal branches being an effective check on each other. As we know, these checks (especially during the Cheney/Bush administration) have been deliberately undermined leaving little more than a shell of the Founding Father’s intentions. The three co-equal branches for centuries provided a near-impervious bulwark against would-be tyrants.

So what went wrong?

“In short, the “house of world order” will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great “booming, buzzing confusion,” to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault” Richard Gardner, writing in Foreign Affairs – the magazine of the Council on Foreign Relations 1974

What kind of person would wish to destroy the national sovereignty of the very country of their birth? And for what purpose?

Continued in pt 2 soon.