October 27, 1775 – King George addresses parliament calling for action to quell the beginnings of rebellion in America.
“many of these unhappy people may still retain their loyalty, and may be too wise not to see the fatal consequence of this usurpation, and wish to resist it, yet the torrent of violence has been strong enough to compel their acquiescence, till a sufficient force shall appear to support them.”
This is the same attitude we witness among today’s politicians who have us under “royal ” control, BAU, (business as usual), believing in & relying on “those who know best.”
Our founders designed a democratic republic to systemically thwart the chains of aristocracy they came here to escape.
Look at the entrenched power structure that rides the cumulative power and wealth of America. Has the plight of the poor, the minorities, the weak, and the sick dramatically improved in our lifetimes? Have politicians convinced constituents of perpetual problems only government can overcome?
The pain of the financial recession has bared the truth. The elite are just playing the rest of us. They cannot fix anything. They talk like saviors, then point fingers at bogeymen (special interests, lobbyists, extraterrestrials) . They hate exposure; like vampires, they shun the light of transparency; they cannot stand the clear failure of government to solve the problems of individuals; they loathe the idea that citizens might discover that they must solve their own problems without government help.
I hear the ghost of George III reverberating through the words of living ex-presidents and other ivory-tower pundits damning those who do not subscribe to their tried but not true ways.
Can populism go wrong? Of course it can, just as the elite back-room cabal can go wrong by doing nothing, or doing what favors the establishment. We are missing the ideas our founding fathers cast into our governing framework: knowledgeable citizens should decide who makes choices for them, when they cannot.
Julius Caesar was killed by senators for planning to take power from the people, instead of doing what the Roman people wanted.