Mike Flynn on His Royal Highness the Dear Leader

“The Thing That Used to be Liberalism has fallen on hard times indeed, when they are the biggest supporters of rule-by-decree. “

Watching liberals get in touch with their Inner Red King when democracy and the views of hoi polloi get in the way of their sheer awesome correctness about everything is a sight to behold.  Obama’s open and obvious distaste with the tedium of having to let other people have a say in the process of governance has never been even thinly veiled.  Now it is made clear that most of his base feel the same way.  I wonder how long it will take before de facto becomes de jure.

It’s moments like this I recall Chesterton’s remark that a tyranny is almost always a tired democracy.

  • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

    Chesterton’s remark that a tyranny is almost always a tired democracy

    Chesterton wasn’t the only one. I think Plato said something similar in the Republic.

    • introvert_prof

      Of course, Plato’s solution was to go straight to autocracy and leave democracy alone.

      • S. Murphy

        With a eugenics program, no less.

      • Irenist

        Poor Plato: When I want to be subject to a benevolent hierarchy presided over by a philosopher-monarch drawn from the ranks of a celibate, volutarily austere philosophical aristocracy, I’m thinking about how grateful I am for the Catholic Church, not thinking about how I want to organize a secular polity!

  • Morgan Wolff

    Hear hear! I was thinking this exact thing during all that “do it without legislation” talk during Tuesday’s State of the Union. That doesn’t sound like the kind of speech you hear from the president of a republic. It sounds more like someone who’d just rather be emperor.

  • UAWildcatx2

    What was truly bizarro was how Congresspeople jumped to their feet for ovations when he mentioned, “I will act on my own…” If they’re so happy for the President to bypass Congress, maybe they should just resign, since they’re aware of their uselessness anyway.

    • Steve P

      But that would take them out of the running for a plum appointment from His Imperial Munificence. There’s a place for well-staged public acclaim and fawning adoration.

    • Irenist

      His own party’s legislative caucus clapped because he’s promising to bypass their opponents’ control of the lower chamber. If an executive of the opposing party had been promising to bypass them, they wouldn’t have been clapping–but their opponents would have been. Such is politics.

      • UAWildcatx2

        Sad that they’re so short-sighted that they don’t realize that power occasionally shifts…

  • Ye Olde Statistician

    At http://branemrys.blogspot.com/2014/01/st-thomas-aquinas-day.html
    we find:
    With regard to the good ordering of the government
    [principum] of some city or nation, two things must be attended to. One
    is that everyone should have some part in the government [in
    principatu], for through this is conserved the peace of the people [pax
    populi], and everyone loves and takes care of such an ordering, as is
    said in Politics 2. The other is that one must attend to the kind of
    ordering of regime or government. For whereas these are of diverse
    kinds, as the Philosopher hands down in Politics 3, nonetheless
    especially significant is kingdom, in which one rules according to
    virtue, and aristocracy, that is, governance by the best [potestas
    optimorum], in which a few rule according to virtue. Thus the best
    ordering of government is in a kingdom or city in which one is
    distinguished so as to rule all according to virtue; and under him are
    several ruling according to virtue; and nonetheless rule belongs to
    everyone, both because anyone can be chosen and also because they are
    chosen from all. This, then, is the best polity, well-mixed from kingdom, inasmuch as one is preeminent, and aristocracy, inasmuch as many rule according to virtue, and democracy,
    that is, governance by the people [potestas populi], inasmuch as the
    princes are chosen from the people and to the people belongs the
    choosing of princes [electio principum].
    — Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 2-1.105.1

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      Man, that Thomas guy….

  • Jonna

    The GOP have only themselves to blame. When you act like a schoolyard bully and refuse to engage, add nothing of value to the mix, and actively seek to block others from flourishing, eventually you will be ignored and the world will turn without you. The GOP decided on inauguration night not to work with this President – 5 years later they’re reaping the fruits of their actions (or inaction). It’s weird fiction to claim the GOP ever sought to govern cooperatively.

    • margaret1910

      Nonsense..The GOP is no more nor less to blame than the DNC. Both parties act exactly as you say..or have over the last 50 years. The problem is, that both parties want to govern such that they, and their interests are protected. Cooperative? With the folks whom they govern? Please don’t make me laugh.

      • Jonna

        I’d love to make you laugh, Margaret, and don’t completely disagree with your point. But my comment is in response to this post and the current bluster over yesterday’s SOU address. Especially the GOP’s feigned shock that the president won’t work cooperatively with them and will move some things forward by executive order. If we want to be historians, we can look back on how presidents have used executive order since our founding.

        • Ye Olde Statistician

          It’s not a GOP-Dem thing. It’s a Constitution thing. Rule by decree has been increasing for a long time. It may be called many things, but democratic and republican are not among them. A study of the last years of the Roman Republic, say from Sulla onward, would repay the effort.

  • Irenist

    Lame ducks stymied by opposition control of the legislature often resort to such things domestically, for lack of anything better to do other than foreign policy and twiddling thumbs. Remember v-chips and school uniforms? Clinton was subject to the same structural incentives, and responded identically. Like rats in a maze, sometimes, the predictability of pol behavior. I wouldn’t read too much into it.


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