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Monarchy, the Best Policy

Why the USA needs a king.

by James Leroy Wilson
August 21, 2003

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Monarchy, the Best Policy_James Leroy Wilson-Why the USA Needs a King This history of civilization is the history of freedom. The history of the destruction of civilization is the history of politics. Where freedom was permitted, great advances in technology and the arts followed. But the more people were taxed and regulated by the State, the character of the people came into suspended adolescence and society declined.

The political structure hardly matters. In the 19th century, the internal free trade zone of the United States, and the worldwide system of free trade led by the British Empire, saw tremendous gains in technology, especially in the USA, and brilliant scientific and literary output in the Parliament-governed Great Britain, the Kaiser-led administration of Prussia and later Germany, and the decentralized administration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Civilization doesn't need a particular structure of government to flourish. What matters is that the people were free to go about their affairs and pursue their own happiness. The people in the United States prior to the Income Tax Constitutional Amendment and the creation of the Federal Reserve System, were generally speaking, the freest on earth, not because of what the government did or how it was arranged, but precisely for what it didn't do.

The Income Tax Amendment and the Fed changed all that, because they gave extraordinary and unlimited powers to the National Government - specifically, the power to tax and print up money at will. Since then, our country has fought in two declared world wars and several smaller wars in which the President decided to get us involved without Constitutional authority. The USA changed its Constitution to ban alcohol, but even after changing it again after that government program failed, it began, under FDR, to initiate brand new programs outside of the limits placed upon the federal government by its Constitution. The federal government has had unlimited power for ninety years now, and has been constantly testing and stretching its boundaries.

It is true that technology and the arts have also advanced in America even during this time. But that's because of our internal free trade zone and the size of our market that still gives the individual wide latitude, a fairly large degree of freedom. It is this freedom which Americans wrongly credit the national government for, not realizing just how much freer, and how more advanced our civilization could be if the government didn't parasitically feed off of it, and coerce it. As our nation is on a course to bankruptcy and destruction through constant war and excessive entitlement spending, never let it be said that America committed suicide because of the free market. Quite the opposite.

As our country is slouching toward an imperial dictatorship (even if it maintains the pretense of the electoral process for some time to come), it is fair to ask, was this the greatest form of government? Is the Constitution actually for real? If so, why does Congress make up just about any laws they want, why do Presidents have carte blanche over war-making powers, and why does the Supreme Court overturn state laws it doesn't happen to like, regardless of what the Constitution says?

A regime change is in order. What was once a fanciful notion is beginning to make more and more sense to me. If we are an empire, let's make it work to the benefit of us all. Democracies, which may work in tiny republics in which the people are jealous of their liberty, has on large national levels spawned such gems as Nazism, fascism, communism, British-style socialism, and America's Welfare-Warfare state, because democracy encourages hatred and envy in the people. The USA is bound to collapse in utter disgrace, humiliation, and widespread poverty and perhaps death and destruction if it doesn't change its ways ... but it won't change its ways as long as it stays democratic.

So what is my plan for regime change? Well, it's not a plan yet, just an idea. Install a king, an hereditary monarch. Nothing would restore faith and confidence in the American economy and future than a King. And I don't mean a Constitutional monarch with an elected Parliament or our present Congress. I don't mean a President-for-life or party dictator. I mean a King who inherits, and embodies within himself, all the powers of the Leviathan National Government we have now, and who would leave these powers to an heir.

Am I nuts? Well, I might be, but not because of this idea.

Think about it.

Democracy has made tyrants of us all. We've all become obsessed with how other people live their lives, how much other people pay in taxes. What they eat, what they smoke, how they enjoy themselves, what they might say to a woman or a minority in the workplace.

Would any of this be tolerable if all the taxes were decided by, and all the regulations made by, the King? Would people be saying, "The King should raise the taxes on wealthiest Americans to [such-and-such percentage]?" Would we cheer the King for invading Iraq, Iran, or anyplace? Would we trust the King's civil servants for managing our Social Security, our Medicare, determining the payroll tax? Would we obey the King's workplace regulations, minimum wages, and civil rights laws?

Wouldn't we say instead, "The King has no right to tell me what I can or can't do with myself, or what I can do on or with my own property"?

There it is. We don't think it's "fair" that somebody else gets to be King and we don't. That's the kick in the rear end this nation needs. You know what, it's also not "fair" for you to vote for candidates to raise taxes on people you don't like, or to regulate behaviors you think others shouldn't do. That somebody "wins" an election by barely half (sometimes less than half) of the vote doesn't give that person the right to destroy the economy and embroil our nation into far-away wars. The 51 don't have the right to tyrannize the 49, and the 99 don't have the right to tyrannize the 1.

And the one in 300 million doesn't have the right to be a tyrant over the rest.

The King himself would know these things. He couldn't cozy up with enough rich people to stay in power, and any power grab or appeal to "the people" against "the rich" would still provoke secession and revolt somewhere. His only alternative would be to leave the people - all the people - alone. Taxes would be low, regulations kept to a minimum. His Navy would just be the Coast Guard, and would we trust a King with a large, expensive standing army? The military would be the militia, called out only when Canada or Mexico finally decides to invade.

It is precisely because a King is against our entire belief system and tradition, that one is most needed now. We would be far more skeptical of the powers and responsibilities that we'd lay at the hands of a King, and that is why a monarch would actually give us a far more limited government than we currently have. The fake and deceitful freedom of the "right to vote" and imposing your own will on others, would be replaced with the actual freedom to live your own life as you see fit. Anything else would be uncivilized.

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Pinkston Garfield from NY NY writes:
August 21, 2003
L'Etat c'est Vous? Sacre Bleu! Je viens des Etats-Unis. Grease the Guillotine.

S.E. Shepherd from Chicago, IL writes:
September 18, 2003
This is the second article I’ve read by Mr. Wilson, where he equates the right to vote with hate and tyranny. The minority may feel the majority has no right to tell them what to do, but that is how democracy works - it is for the “common good.” If fifty people feel one person having a vicious man-killing dog on his property endangers the total 51 people, the one person does not have the right to tell them all to go to hell, and keep the dog.

However, if the one man is king, he gets to keep the vicious dog, because he makes all the rules, and he has the power to back them up. Monarchy, no matter how benevolent, is still a dictatorship. In fact, dictatorships are generally monarchy-like governments where the monarch stays in power regardless of what the people want, because the monarch has the military behind him and can put down and even kill anyone who opposes him. A king could very easily cater only to the rich and powerful and not “leave the rest alone,” as just about all history has shown us.

It seems to me that the current structure of American politics and American government is moving further and further away from a democracy. I believe there was a time when government representatives were referred to as “public servants,” whereas today’s politicians all want to be “leaders.” Never once can I recall a senator, representative, or even an alderman hold an open forum and say to his or her constituents, “What do you want me to do?” on any topic. Most candidates make campaign promises, and if we like what we hear, we vote for them, but that’s not really representing the people.

I think Mr. Wilson would agree with me that we do not really live in a democracy, but a farce that we’re made to believe is a democracy. Rather we live in a bureaucracy, where people with the most money are heard. Elected officials are not interested in doing what’s best for the country, only what will most likely get them re-elected.

Democracy and the right to vote should insure us that our voices will be heard. Unfortunately, in this country it has allowed us to become sheep and blatantly follow one party-line or the other (which really aren’t that distinct anymore), and made us believe a candidate’s stance on abortion is more important than his or her plan for healthcare. Yet a democracy, even a corrupt one, still allows us some choice in our own destiny, which is more than you can say about a monarch.

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