Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Listening to Mark Steyn on Monday I connected a few thoughts. I've always thought a permanent political class was a bad idea, but I never thought about precisely why. I knew that governments always trend toward creating a rich, privileged political class. The next step would seem obvious, but it never coalesced for me until I was listening to a gentleman from the U.K. They become royalty. By gerrymandering their districts so they can't be ousted from office, they arrange to have power for their entire lives. They often die in office. They've become royalty, precisely what a citizen-legislature was supposed to prevent, and why the limitations on government power were so carefully crafted in the Constitution.