Rule by Lunatic

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.

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9 thoughts on “Rule by Lunatic

  1. Pickle Rick

    Damn, Sev dropping the Cypress Hill on the putos…

    What we’re seeing here is a bit different than the insane/weird monarch like Henry VI, or the batshit Wittelsbachs of Bavaria, or even the monumental stupidity of Kaiser Wilhelm and his cousin Czar Nicholas. Those monarchs were replaced by sober minded men or succeeded by a sober monarch determined to correct the crazy drift.
    Our problem is that like the denizens of Wonderland, everyone in Washington is mad, and once replaced, there’s simply a new, even madder crop waiting in the wings to continue the tea party where everyone wants to be the maddest lunatic in the asylum.

    1. contrariandutchman

      And there we get to what appears to be the problem with democracy. With monarchy you get to roll the dice every time a new king ascends the throne. After a few generations of democracy the dice are loaded and every roll gives you another batch of lunatic kakistocrats.

  2. Pickle Rick

    Cheshire Cat: If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.
    Alice: The Mad Hatter? Oh, no no no…
    Cheshire Cat: Or, you could ask the March Hare, in that direction.
    Alice: Oh, thank you. I think I’ll see him…
    Cheshire Cat: Of course, he’s mad, too.
    Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people.
    Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.
    [laughs maniacally; starts to disappear]
    Cheshire Cat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.

  3. WOPR

    The problem with any gov’t is that it is made up of people. If you have a moral people, almost any form of gov’t will work. If you have an immoral people, then welcome to dystopia. Monarchies are not immune to mass failure and chaos. One only has to look at the French monarchy to see that.

    The lunatics are in charge and usually there is only one way to stop lunatics.

  4. Maus

    The problem with MSM today, and particularly CNN, is that they are constantly gaslighting us to such an extent that one begins to question whether we see the same reality or speak the same language. As for Don Lemon, he is nothing more than a shiftless gay house slave who provides an intersectional two-fer for the woke brigade. Nothing he parrots is worth listening to. As to mad monarches versus mad kakistocrats, all I’ll say is that history would have been much more interesting if Guy Fawkes had succeeded. With regard to democracy having supplanted our republic, perhaps we should chant nostalgically, “Remember, remember the [first Tueday] of November.”

  5. Publius

    When it all comes down to it, Jefferson has the right idea. We should stop asking what kind of government works best, because all of them have the same problem: people have to hold the levers of power. So the better question is, how often do we need to switch governments out in order to avoid the soul-crushing depravity that comes with a decadent ruling class?

    More often, is the only answer I can come up with.

  6. MBlanc46

    I had a couple of quick glimpses of ER II at Trooping the Colour in 1986, when she was 60. A very impressive lady. Wearing tartan and riding sidesaddle on a large black stallion.* I’d go into battle for her. I gather that her father, even with the stammer, was the same sort of person. And a lot of people did go into battle for him. But his elder brother, not so much. Likewise with her children. Hereditary monarchy is almost certainly finished. So-called representative democracy certainly has the flaws that you describe. They’ll probably be around for a while yet,, but they may go the way of hereditary monarchy. Once you get larger than a system in which people, even if they don’t all have face-to-face acquaintance with each other, live in similar circumstances and where what happens to some happens to pretty much all, the wackos and the snakes and the parasites will eventually take over. Of course, the wackos and the snakes will always be around, but when they’re your neighbors, you know who they are and can keep them under control. WOPR’s first sentence can’t be got round.

    * She retired that mount after that year and at 60 she didn’t want to break in another one, so since she has ridden in a carriage. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to she her on horseback.

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