I was wrong: The Kingmakers were better than the Queenmakers Blog posted hours...
I was wrong: The Kingmakers were better than the Queenmakers
Blog posted hours before the election was over
Regardless of their political choices (red, blue, alternative parties), Americans just voted in the spirit of an obsession with dynasty and monarchy that is baffling. The Revolution was supposed to have brought royalty to an end in the new land. This is not about the candidates (love them or hate them), but about a frame of mind. What kind of government do Americans really want?
Monotheism was meant to do away with the many gods (and the interest groups associated with them) of idolatry, in favor of a unified divinity. The success of this endeavor is still uncertain. The Catholic Church appointed numerous saints (each with a specialized sphere of influence) in order to compensate for the idols that the new Christians were ordered to give up. In other creeds, idolatry is alive in a variety of traditions that monotheism has called pagan. Furthermore, the idolatry of celebrities (actors, athletes, singers, and just plain media sows and hogs), of plutocrats, and of politicians fully proves how difficult it is to wean human beings from idol worship. It is a conceptual leap not managed by the majority, but also not owned by those at its lower levels. There is idolatry in science, the cult of machines and mechanistic determinism, as there is a lot of it among the well off. Profits are made by cultivating idolatry, not by debunking it.
The American Republic is again longing for monarchy and dynasty. Offspring of politicians make their bid for the highest office. A former smooth-talking King was voted in as the “first Gent” (with the aura that womanizers tend to have, even within a society of women’s emancipation). The former first “Lady” fulfilled her dream to become our Queen. (Will the Royal parents feel that their daughter is entitled to rule one day?) The out-going monarch (who suggested an end to term limitations on the presidency) set a precedent for more power through his lèse majesté (oops, executive orders).
Even those less religiously inclined might be singing “God Bless America,” in the hope that another power will do for us what we should do for ourselves: save the Republic (if not democracy). “…if you [italics mine] can keep it,” was Benjamin Franklin’s reply to “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Let’s repeat with him: if we can keep it!
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