The best case for divine right monarchy is the voters’ behavior in a democracy. Unfortunately, the worst case for divine right monarchy is: divine right monarchs.
England’s James I, for instance, was a deeply weird dude. Though he wrote a whole book about his divine right to rule, he kept his weirdness sufficiently in check so as not to alienate his court. Alas, his heir didn’t bother, and we know how that turned out. And so it went with just about any divine right monarch — the more people who actually saw him, the flimsier the theory seemed. History is full of examples of kingdoms “ruled” by insane kings, but not too many of kingdoms thriving when the people knew the king was a lunatic. Feebleminded monarchs are generally kept under lock and key by their courtiers, or they end up Epsteined.
Even democracies once understood this. Pick any 19th century American legislator, for example. As P.J. O’Rourke once said about rock stars, to call one of these guys a drunken, borderline-illiterate pervert just means you’ve read his autobiography. But they knew enough to keep it sufficiently in check around the voters, so that so long as they didn’t actually Chappaquiddick someone, they’d face no repercussions.
Speaking of Chappaquiddick, the Media has always been complicit in the great game of Fool-the-Rubes. They only do it for Democrats now, of course, but that’s the real problem these days: the Media has been doing all this for so long, and so successfully, that they no longer feel the need to bother. Just as Charles I decided to let his freak flag fly because hey, why not, I’m the king, so the Democrat-Media complex went all-in in 2008. You watch these guys — Don Lemon, say, mocking Trump voters as illiterate hicks — and the expression on their face is one of relief. It feels good to finally let it all out, and the more you do it, the better it feels.
The problem, though, is that they’re not the only ones watching, and we’re not just watching them. Given CNN’s ratings, Don Lemon could be forgiven for thinking that only close friends and family catch his act. But more than a few people are watching the sham-peachment fiasco, and if what they see on Lemon’s face is relief, what they see on Adam Schiff’s is sheer, bug-eyed lunacy. Pick your prominent Democrat — Schiff, Pelosi, Nadler, AOC, Warren, Bernie, Biden — and watch ’em with the sound off. These’ people are quite literally insane in the membrane. If they didn’t have staffers to put in their dentures and brush the crumbs off their lapels, you’d mistake any one of them for schizoid hobo panhandling on a street corner.
It never ends well when the People start getting a good look at the feebleminded king. We’re seeing a LOT of feebleminded kings these days, and the longer this “impeachment” nonsense drags out, the more of them we’ll see. Consult a basic history text to see what happens next.Loading Likes...