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“How do you want to be GOVERNED?”

By Larry John

 

Let’s get on the same page. Let’s take a look at some definitions. If we can agree on the definitions, we might be able to agree on what type of government is best for us.

 

Government: the act or process of governing with authoritative direction or control…   the continuous exercise of authority over and the performance of functions for a political unit (people)

 

Democracy: government by the people; especially: rule of the majority  a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections (one person- one vote)

 

Republic: a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president … a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (voting for people who vote and make the law)

 

Communism:  a government advocating the elimination of private property  a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as neededa totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian group or party controls state-owned means of production and all goods

 

Anarchy: absence of government a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government

 

Monarchy: undivided rule or absolute sovereignty by a single persona government having an hereditary chief of state with life tenure and powers varying from nominal to absolute

 

Dictatorship: a government in which absolute power is concentrated in one-person… autocratic rule, control, or leadership

 

All forms of governments have two inherent flaws. First the word “government” implies people in leadership feel they must “govern” or rule others. And second most people are greedy and power hungry with desires to “control” and rule over others in order to obtain their POWER and MONEY. Very few “leaders of men” have pure motives and intentions. So the real questions is why do we allow other men to control our lives? Why do we give up our freedoms to others and governments? Why do we love to be told what to do? Why do we think that someone else will look out for OUR best interest? The reason is, we still think like animals. Let me explain. We are still acting like herd animals. Take for example a herd of horses. There is only ONE stallion that is in control. All other males and mares “succumb” to his authority. The lead stallion being a “mean son of a bitch” must earn that authority. He literally will KILL any stallion that challenges his authority to rule and will not succumb. There is also a head mare that “runs” the herd for the stallion. The stallion “protects” the herd and the head mare “keeps the herd in line and demands order”.  There is no question who is in charge. The “pecking order” is well defined. There is never a moment when each and every horses questions WHO is in charge.

 

Leaders have known for a long time that FEAR is a great motivator to get the attention of people and keep them “in line”. Horses know it. That is the law of the herd. Governments decree that a person either does what the government says, or you throw them in jail or kill them. The dude with the most guns and power always wins. Alexander the Great was “great” because he was a “mean son of a bitch”. People became Christians during the Crusades, because it was “believe or die” and after a while it was just easier to believe in Jesus than to suffer the consequences of not believing. Death seems so final. And to this day, all successful governments rule by the “law of the herd”. It doesn’t matter what form of government you prefer, CONTROL and SUBMISSION are the two factors that must be understood. To have a government, there must be those who CONTROL and those who SUBMIT. Without someone or a group of “someones” ruling over us in an hierarchy of some type, there would be no “governing” that could take place, and without “governing”, ruling, and controlling, followed by submission there would be no “government”. If no one salutes you, it’s hard to be General.

 

So in a perfect world I would vote for Anarchy… just a bunch of humans living together in harmony without the need of a government. Call it a “brotherhood of man”. “No need for greed or hunger”, just a bunch of people “sharing all the world”. There would be nothing to “kill or die for” because there would be no Country. There would be just a bunch of us “living life in peace”. But it’s kind of hard to “imagine” isn’t it? An Anarchy form of government requires people who care as much about their neighbors as they do themselves. I could also go for a “Benevolent Dictatorship”…a form of government where someone (the Dictator) would rule with 100% concern for our happiness. According to the Christians, Jesus will rule as a “Benevolent Dictator” and millions of people think that form of government is perfect. So even though the world is perfect, the people living on it aren’t. That’s why an Anarchy form of government can’t work. Only “dreamers” can “imagine” it, but “it isn’t hard to do”.  “It’s easy if you try”. But again, it just can’t work. People are too set on controlling or governing others that they can’t see what a mess all forms of government has become. The funny thing is that the “people hurting” and “people controlling” governments don’t start out with the “intent” of “hurting” people and “oppressing” them…but they ALL turn out that way. Government regardless of what you may call it is still “government”, the act of governing with authoritative control”. That’s why we call it a GOVERNMENT. A rose by any other name is still a rose. When will we stop wanting to be governed? I’m ready and “I’m not the only one”.

 

Think about it.