A Return to Feudalism?

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
Henry Louis Mencken

Today was Inauguration Day and Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President. He’s the President and I respect the office but respecting the man occupying the office is another thing entirely. That respect is going to extremely hard to earn. In reference to the above quote by M.L. Mencken, it’s evident that the “plain folks” have gotten their heart’s desire. What will be their heart’s desire when the government programs and institutions that they depend on and take for granted are taken away? Is a return to 15th Century feudalism too far fetched? I can see it happening; it’s not as improbable as one might think.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President

Our new President, all of our elected officials, and all officials in every capacity and every level of government must be held accountable to all American citizens. It is our patriotic duty as citizens, to demand openness and transparency. We must never forget that they all work for us. We elect them and our taxes pay their salaries. We have the power, through the ballot and other legal means to make them accountable.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “A Return to Feudalism?”

  1. There is one important difference between the potential downfall of American democracy and feudalism. Under feudalism, there was a symbiotic relationship between lord and serf and both understood that relationship. The serf had an obligation to till the land and serve the lord as needed. The lord had an obligation to protect and provide for the welfare of his serf. In the court of “King Donald” there is no sense of obligation to protect or serve anyone but themselves and their private interests.

    No government that fails or refuses to protect and serve its citizens can survive and will ultimately fall. History shows us that in a revolution, the rich and powerful rarely come out well. We should all do well to remember that. Despite the Republican Parry’s delusional belief in trickle-down economics, the 99% don’t need the 1% that holds most of the wealth. In reality, the very wealthy are parasites draining the life blood from the nation.

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