Friday, October 10, 2008
No king, no emperor has ever inherited the absolute powers that will accrue to the next president of the United States. This is the true -- and perhaps permanent -- legacy of the Bushevik Regime.
Our nation's government has been transformed from an imperfect and faltering constitutionally self-governing republic into an imperfect and faltering Imperial Autocracy.
And from all appearances, there is no going back.
The Presidency is now the defacto Imperial Court, the Congress (on a good day) is little more than an advisory body to the Imperial Court. Typically, the Congress is irrelevant. The courts themselves are primarily concerned with ajudicating and regulating the behavior of the masses. Any rulings they render with regard to the behavior of the Imperial Court and/or its personnel are promptly ignored or rendered moot.
In other words, our government has shifted almost completely from a Constitutional Rule of Law model to that of a an Imperial (albeit quasi-elected) Monarchy subject to the rule of men.
It was done practically overnight, with the full acquiescence of the Congress and the almost total disinterest of the public.
And here we are.
We are in the midst of one of the periodic and potentially deadly transition periods between one Imperial Interest and another. I happen to think that the Junior Senator from Illinois will be allowed to ascend to the Throne, but he will be on probation for some time, subject to removal for cause if he fucks up -- according to the lights of the Palace from which he will rule.
What the Busheviks have been astonishingly successful in establishing is a permanent Palace ruling Directorate that will continue on indefinitely. There has long been a permanent bureaucracy, but this is something different. This is not about government drones. The Palace establishment that is the legacy of the Busheviks is actually the motor of Rule by the Palace. Through key personnel placed by the Busheviks throughout the government and through their associations in civil society, a fundamental and ongoing "directorate" has been established that sets the parameters of Imperial policy and carries out the wishes of the Imperial House -- so long, of course, as those wishes comport with the determinations of the Palace Directorate.
The People are not sovereign. The People essentially have no say at all in the operations of the Palace and the projections of its Power at home and abroad. This is Autocracy, as absolute as any previous Imperial effort and with far more deadly and destructive power at its disposal, but it is completely alien to American representative democracy and to the principles of Constitutional Self-government.
Yet that's where we are.
And there is no going back.
There is tremendous hope that Obama will be a Good Emperor, and perhaps he will be.
But an Emperor he will be, nonetheless.