Quote of the day—Andrew Heaton

We threw the baby out with the bathwater when we kicked the monarchy out of America, and we ought to bring it back.

In America we’ve combined power and reverence in the office of the presidency, but legal authority and veneration compliment each other about as well as Scotch and back pain medication. It’s safer to ingest them separately.

Andrew Heaton
March 18, 2017
Why America Needs A Monarchy
[I find it hard to disagree with this point. There many be some interesting psychology going on here that could be affecting politics adversely.—Joe]

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Andrew Heaton

  1. An American does not recognize royalty, nor does he revere a president, nor any politician. He dislikes hearing politicians referred to as “leaders”, even– From repeated, direct experience, he simply knows better.

    If we’ve fallen to veneration of politicians, and the ceding of authority and power to government, then the country is already lost. No amount of restructuring, or rebranding, can change the fact. The quote perfectly exemplifies the “Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic” analogy.

    • Right. The real issue is that the Federal government has usurped several orders of magnitude more power than the Constitution grants. That applies to all three branches, never mind the nonexistent branches (the “independent agencies”).

  2. No, we don’t need a monarchy. We need a return to the fundamental issue of our nation – limited government authority and support for individual rather than collective rights.

    Legal authority should be granted with absolute cynicism in the holder of that authority, and veneration should be reserved for such people until after the authority has been relinquished upon retirement.

    The difference between rights and authority is a clear one, misunderstood by the vast majority of people today. So is the difference between deference to authority and servility to it.

    • But in fact, legal authority has been granted that way. The issue isn’t in the grant of power, the issue is that this grant (the Constitution) has been utterly ignored and violated from day one, and especially in the past century or so. This is why passing more laws can’t help.
      Even more Constitutional amendments are questionable. Consider that the 14th amendment basically amounts to “you shall obey the Bill of Rights” — how has that worked out? The one kind of amendment that might perhaps help is term limits; it would help to get rid of the Hamiltonians.
      I also like my Equal Protection Amendment (no office holder may own, or be protected by, any weapons denied to the general population in his place of residence or office). But even that, I expect, would be subverted by dishonest judges and other dishonest politicians.

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