WASHINGTON: Aristotle, a Greek political philosopher of the 4th century B.C., distinguished nine principal kinds of government. However, of those nine, three are most germain to American politics in the 21st century. Aristotle identified the rule of a Kingship, or tyrannical monarchy, Republic or aristocracy or the “rule of the best” on behalf of everyone’s best interest. And Democracy, which Aristotle defined as “the rule of the people”, with the poor masses having control to tax and exploit the rich.
Today Democracy threatens the U.S.
The United States is a Republic with a representative government. Thomas Jefferson defines a democracy as:
“…nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
The problem for anarchists in achieving success is that it requires an equal and organized effort. In other words, a system which creates its own paradox, organized anarchy. So, it is true of a mob.
There is no thought within a mob that defends itself as properly governing anything other than a mob. A mob cannot be governed by definition (courtesy Oxford Dictionaries):
Mob: A large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.
This was the tenor in France during the French Revolution. The mob turned on its own creators and gave them their own up close and personal view of Antoine Louis’ efficient Guillotine.
Discussing Mob Rule in the 2018 Republic
On Tuckers Carlson’s show (10-10-18) his opening discussion of the night was the present similarity between the Democratic party’s daily talking points and most news outlets’ output.
On one channel, CNN, the discussion of such mob rule was ridiculed for even suggesting that protestors, who chase senators around restaurants or in elevators and shout and curse in-the-face of conservative and Republican persons, at any number of functions are anything like a mob.
Those protestors are simply exercising free speech according to CNN’s guests. They added that The Tea party was actually more mob-like because they raised their voices and were mostly “racist” anyway.
The right to protest vs the right to peacefully assemble
Host Don Lemmons became irate at the thought that these mobsters were any more than citizens exercising their first amendment rights. According to Lemmons the Constitution allows people to protest “Whenever and wherever.”
Then he repeated himself, in case we did not hear him the first time.
Not once did anyone on the panel pull out a copy of the first amendment. Where they would find the language which, in part, states “the right to peaceably assemble.”
This sort of backward tutorship and pseudo-academic authority is a pie-in-the-face of those who are not stupid.
Lemmons, a pie-thrower and his cable ilk were insistent on their stance that, any time, any place anyway, any protest is worthy of protected rights. The assumption was made, apparently, as long as the protestors are liberal Democrat party supporters and not Tea Party apparatchiks, Republicans or conservatives they are quite free to say anything at any time, peacefully, or more likely, not.
The French Revolution
Much of historical myth is built around not only our own civil war but a revolution 70 years prior to it. The French Revolution was a great undertaking by patriots who were fighting evil aristocrats who were starving and mistreating the common people.
These “patriots” in their zeal for freedom and equality simply went a bit too far. The result being the deaths of 3 % of the French population. But the rule of the majority (democracy) and the concomitant mob-rule took root and resulted in mayhem, executions and finally Napoleon.
A cautionary tale for Democrats
It is this history that Democrats should most care about. However, they seem not to know of it or understand it if they do. They might not understand it, which is most likely. Or they may simply pretend to not understand it. They feed their mobs with patriotic deceptions and cheer them on when they succeed in driving the opposition from a restaurant or podium or shoot one at a ballgame.
Their own congressmen and senators stoke the fires of mob frenzy. All while they watch the political polls in a potential vote calculus.
Meanwhile untutored, unread and blustering broadcast agents like Don Lemmons and CNN et al with their collective eponymous Robespierres of Booker, Waters, Schumer squeal for more confrontations. While a former presidential candidate tells the world that incivility is their battle cry.
The current mob activity as with all mob activity has no uninformed or informed thought processes. It has action only. And it will act at first on instruction, then in an uncontrolled frenzy.
To Cory Booker, et al: While the Guillotine has been declared, by law, illegal, what differece will that make to the lawless?