The stage is now set for the General Election in November with Donald Trump going against Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race. Once again, many people on both sides of the ideological spectrum are proclaiming this election the most important election in our lifetimes. This line is bandied about because the office of the President is a very powerful position that decides how the executive agencies are run and what nominees are named to the Supreme Court and the lower courts. Many are fearful that actions by such a powerful person would lead to the diminution of their liberties.
The question we should ask ourselves is how could just one person have so much power over our lives. The answer shockingly enough lies within the voting public that elected people in the past that amassed power to themselves. Among this group of people were many Presidents. This trend is not new. Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddhin wrote various books on the dangers of democracy in three books, Liberty or Equality, Menace of the Herd and Leftism. In them, he excoriates democratic rule which he calls very unstable and leads to tyranny and centralization. He notes that Revolutionary France was the wellspring of many of the problems that faces people today as the result of government power. No doubt Kuehnelt-Leddhin would have agreed with Lord Acton that democracy generally monopolizes and concentrates power. The wealth of quotes from this man are full of wisdom and eye opening. They include the following:
Even 51 per cent of a nation can establish a totalitarian and dictatorial règime, suppress minorities, and still remain democratic; there is, as we have said, little doubt that the American Congress and the French Chambre have a power over their respective nations which would rouse the envy of a Louis XIV or a George III were they alive today.
Democratism and its allied herd movements, while remaining loyal to the principle of equality and identity, will never hesitate to sacrifice liberty.
Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.
Indeed, it seems that the more we vote, the less freedom we have. We should wake up and call for mass de-centralization of power and abolition of many of the central agencies like the CIA, FBI, ATF, NSA and TSA that have corroded our liberties. Perhaps the upcoming Brexit vote in Great Britain will give us a ray of hope.