Skip to comments.The Presidency Has Turned Into an 'Elective Monarchy' (Book review)
Posted on 07/06/2014 9:35:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, by F.H. Buckley, Encounter Books, 2014, 319 pages, $27.99.
Try making sense out of what Americans tell pollsters. According to the Pew Research Center, fewer than one in five of us trusts the federal government. Gallup says that nearly three quarters of us consider it "the biggest threat to the country in the future." Yet by equally overwhelming margins, Gallup shows Americans agreeing that "the United States has a unique character because of its history and Constitution that sets it apart from other nations as the greatest in the world."
Apparently, we're disgusted and frightened by our government as it actually operates. And yet we're convinced that we've got the best system ever devised by the mind of man.
On both counts, no one's more convinced than American conservatives. Few go quite as far toward constitutional idolatry as former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, who earlier this year proclaimed that God "wrote the Constitution." But the superiority of our national charter, with its separation of powers and independently elected national executive, is an article of faith for conservatives.
It's about time for some constitutional impiety on the right, and F.H. Buckley answers the call in his bracing and important new book, The Once and Future King. Buckley, a professor of law at George Mason University and a senior editor at The American Spectator, is unmistakably conservative. But that doesn't stop him from pointing out that America's not so all-fired exceptionalor from arguing that our Constitution has made key contributions to our national decline.
In the conventional narrative, Buckley writes, "our thanks [must] go to the Framers, who gave the country a presidential system that secured the blessings of liberty." A "nice story," he says....
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Obama was born in Kenya before it declared its independence from the Crown thereby making him a British subject. And when he left Indonesia his citizenship there eventually expired and he reverted back to UK subjectship.
Before then we had previous presidents who were members of the Bohemian Grove, which according to the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, was a British-based organization that started a chapter here in the USA in 1836.
The Crown ran America indirectly, but now that Barry’s running the show it can be run more directly again more as a colony like the old days.
Sheesh.. We had a guy here in 2004 who saw monarchy as the answer to everything.
Wonder if the author is in any way involved with the above linked fruitcake or his two other handles?
Very interesting. Thanks for posting. I think I’ll pick up the book, I’d be interested in what the author’s proposals are.
Haven't seem too much of them around recently.
I could be wrong ( and we must never underestimate our British friends) but I think the greatest danger today is the world- wide islamoNazi aggression or war on everybody else, especially against Christians and western civilization generally. We must defeat these satanic savages first, especially since they’ve taken control of our own government -—
We had a troll repeatedly suggest monarchy as the end all be all.
He’d get stomped, and come back for more.
The author sounds familiar.
Richard Hoagland is of the opinion that the Nazis infiltrated us after WWII with Operation Paperclip and through our Masonic organizations.
However, I'll stick with Montesquieu and the Framers when it comes to the grand plans of government. They were quite familiar with parliamentary government.
To avoid unrest, government must be consistent with the traditions, manners of the people. Only republican government is suited for America.
Salvation from tyranny will not be found in other systems. The solution to America’s problems reside within the American tradition.
How would a parliamentary system be incompatible with a republic? From what I have read, the author is correct that the Founders thought that, as a practical rule, the House would most likely end up choosing most presidents. They were wrong about that prediction, but they didn’t think it would hurt the system they created.
To avoid unrest, government must be consistent with the traditions, manners of the people.
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