Why does monarchy persist in England, when countries like America cast it aside in 1776, and Australia and others are set to do something similar today?
One of the reasons is the belief by the common people that the monarch is chosen by God to rule. The Archbishop of Canterbury announced at Charles’ coronation that the “Lord of Lords, King of Kings,” or God himself, “doth place this crown” on the king’s head. The British pledge allegiance to “the King and his heirs,” so state power rests partly in family genes, rather than fully in those consenting to the laws.
Democracies provide equal access to God and to power in the community. There are no spiritually elevated individuals or classes. Our declaration says, “All men are created equal,” and further says the government is instituted “by authority of the good people of these colonies.”
The county board of supervisors and the Susanville City Council are no different when it comes to divisiveness that plaques most cities and counties. Community interest and leadership should be a concern for all of us. Two meetings I attended during the week of Feb. 13 were encouraging…