"[A]ccording to Thomas [Aquinas], he [the ruler] may not take private property beyond what public need requires, though strictly speaking property is an institution of Human rather than Natural law. Above all, the rulership of one man over another must not take away the free moral agency of the subject. No man is bound to obedience in all respects and even the soul of the slave is free (a doctrine Aristotle would hardly have understood). It is for this reason that the resistance of tyranny is not only a right but a duty."
George H. Sabine, A History of Political Theory, Third Edition (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1937; 1965) pp. 255-256
(Human law, which is guided by Natural law, is the philosophical anchor of American political theory, and it is enshrined in The Declaration of Independence.)
“. . . [T]he resistance of tyranny is not only a right but a duty.” I like that. The Founders of the United States of America were resisters of tyranny. They were also elitists and aristocrats, but they were true aristocrats: they were good, intelligent, brave, and honorable men. Not so with our leaders in Washington today. It’s no surprise that elitists and aristocrats would rule over us today, just as they always have, but the pseudo-aristocratic, politicians/criminals we have in Washington today are a much different breed of men: they’re not a breed, actually, they’re more like a brood: a brood of vipers.
From their hallowed, marble (taxpayer-funded) snake-hole sanctuaries in Washington, D. C. they continue to fleece the flock that they are supposed to care for and, with the help of both the media and their corporate special interests, they are pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people.
For one thing, there needs to be term limits imposed upon ALL elected officials, especially those in Washington; and especially upon those elected to the U. S. Senate. Just listen to this ridiculous tripe from Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) who, after thirty years, finally decided NOT to run for reelection:
“I have been a Connecticut Senator for 30 years. I'm proud of the job I've done and the results delivered. But none of us are irreplaceable. None of us are indispensible. Those who think otherwise are dangerous . . . And that is how I came to the conclusion that, in the long sweep of American history, there are moments for each elected public servant to step aside and let someone else step up. This is my moment to step aside.”
“Hey Chris Dodd: If you REALLY believe that, then why didn’t you “step aside” TWENTY YEARS AGO?!”
What a load of crap. And Dodd’s not the only one; not by a long shot. Just look at the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who was in the U. S. Senate FOR FORTY-SIX YEARS! Is it any wonder that fiction writer Vince Flynn created a character (for his first novel) that was a thinly veiled depiction of the long-serving Senator Kennedy? What shocks me most is that Flynn actually uses Kennedy as the model Senator; that is, as the model of the type of senator who should be targeted for assassination.
The title of Flynn’s (first) novel? Term Limits.
Has it come to this? Are American readers being entertained by the notion that the only way to remove these corrupt senators from power is to assassinate them?
Sadly, limiting these the terms of Washington politicians is not up to the people, it’s up to . . . you guessed it: the Washington politicians themselves, which is why they don’t have term limits. Like voting themselves pay raises, which they also do, these elected officials are the only people who have the power to impose any limitations upon their own terms of office.
So what are these pseudo-aristocratic, political/criminal elitists in Washington up to these days? The same old shit; they’re busy obstructing important legislation in order to further and protect their own, personal pork-barrel projects (at our expense, of course) and to fatten their own wallets and purses.
But is this what our best and brightest citizens are supposed to be doing? No, it’s not. Do you honestly believe they can truly relate to their fellow citizens who are struggling, financially, and who are unable to find work? I seriously doubt it, because most of them are quite wealthy. Many of them, especially the ones you always see on the news, are millionaires many times over. How can these people possibly relate to those whom they refer to as: the working poor?
They can’t; they don’t; and they never will.
Do you think, for a moment, that they really care about the plight of the working poor, as they call us? The term working poor is, in itself, a demeaning and condescending term. The Democrats conjured up this term simply for political/rhetorical purposes, to make themselves appear more compassionate than those mean spirited Republicans. What bullshit. ("Hey all you filthy-ass federal Democrat AND Republican politicians up there in Washington . . . you like rhetoric? I'll give you rhetoric: 'Why don't all you slimy-ass snakes slink back down into your holes . . . because we're coming for you!'")
Even now, in the depths of the worst economic depression since the 1930’s, our politicians in Washington are wining and dining at the most expensive restaurants, being driven around town in their big limousines, and living the high-life in their big homes in fancy, upscale neighborhoods.
Guess what: They don’t care about us; they never have and they never will.
They tell us that unemployment is “hovering around ten percent”, but are they looking for work? Like you and I have to? Of course they aren’t. When was the last time any of these people had to look for a job? Do you think they care that the working poor, as they like to (patronizingly) refer to us, have a real unemployment rate much closer to twenty-to-thirty percent and that we are angry and getting even angrier because of it? That we are angry because of them and because of what they have done to our nation’s manufacturing base and to our national economy?
I don’t think they have a clue. They’re sitting up there, in Washington, inside their inside-the-beltway ivory towers, laughing at us; because, to them, we’re simply poor, powerless fools.
I mean, what do they really have to be afraid of? What can anyone ever do to get rid of them, to really change the corrupt way in which these corrupt Washington politicians do their crooked political/business dealings? What are we supposed to do? Threaten their lives or shoot them in the heads like the characters in Vince Flynn’s novel do? Is that what it will actually take?
What we need are for some true aristocrats—those who are good, just, intelligent, powerful, ambitious, and wealthy—to have the courage to throw those bastards out; by force if necessary. Just like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Jay, and all of those guys did . . . to King George III and his crooked Englishman cronies.
If these true aristocrats, whoever they may be, will lead the way, I, for one, will be one of the first to follow them.
To guide us, we have the greatest political/philosophical document in American history; the greatest political/’philosophical document that’s ever been written: The Declaration of Independence.
I suggest that you read it; carefully.
I would suggest that all of those rich fat-cat crooked politicians in Washington read it too, but what good would that do? Fuck them. They’re nothing but a brood of vipers. And they should be treated as such.
“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil?” (Matthew 12:33-34)
“And behold, you have risen in your fathers’ stead, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the fierce anger of the Lord . . . For if you turn away from following him, he will again abandon them in the wilderness; and you will destroy all this people.” (Numbers 32:14-15)
"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness . . .” (The Declaration of Independence).