Why Humans Must Be Governed
By James Donahue
There is a general frustration sensed by most humans when
they are being controlled by outside forces. That is because we all have a desire for freedom to choose whatever course we
wish for our lives.
Back in my youth I was convinced that governments were cumbersome
and a burden that got in the way of personal freedoms. It was my firm belief that anarchy was better than any form of government
yet devised by men. I thought that the human race was intelligent enough to set its own standards for existing in an ungoverned
world and that all of the problems of mankind would simply resolve without the manipulation of authority.
That was when I firmly believed that all humans truly were
stars and that we needed to be set free to “do what thou wilt,” as described by Crowley for the new Eon of Horus.
As a journalism student I believed in the proclamation by
Thomas Jefferson when he said: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers
or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
I took that seriously. I firmly believed and lived by the
rule that journalists were members of the fourth estate of government in the United States. It was our job to be watchdogs
over the workings of the other three branches. I rolled up my shirtsleeves, learned the intricate rules of politics, and watched
the interchanges among township, city, county and state governments, the courts and the legislators. It was a great ride for
most of my life.
Like all reporters in the field, I saw this democratic system
get so bogged down at times by the sheer weight of itself that I became cynical and at times bored with the process. The wheels
of every phase of American government seemed to move so slow I found myself writing the same story over and over, each time
adding one new fact as those rusted old gears clicked one more notch forward.
My conviction that government was getting in the way of
human progress was supported one year when the county I was living in got so broke the Board of Commissioners laid off all
of the county deputies and just kept enough people on staff to maintain the jail. At the same time, the state was also having
financial troubles and cut back money for its police operations.
For one entire summer we lived without police “protection.”
Now one would think that an entire county filled with people
who were fully aware that there were no police patrolling the roads and streets would go hog wild because of its unexpected
freedoms to “do whatever we wanted” without fear of arrest. But as the summer progressed, I was surprised at how
pleasant life became.
I saw nobody speeding on the highways, at least more than
usual. Crime came to a standstill, not because it wasn’t happening but because there were no police to make arrests
and turn events into crime news. I don't believe real acts of crime increased. The courts became unusually quiet. The
judges and court employees drank coffee and waited.
That fall the Board of Commissioners received a severe financial
shock. Because they laid off the deputies, the courts stopped fining speeders and convicting people for a wide variety of
petty misdemeanors, and the court revenues stopped feeding the county coffers. The commissioners found that instead of saving
money, they caused their financial situation to get worse.
In an emergency meeting with the sheriff, the board magically
found a way to put all of the deputies back to work. Suddenly the roads were filled with police cars with flashing red, white
and blue lights, people were getting hauled into court left and right, and the fines they paid began to bring the county finances
back on even keel.
That one experience convinced me even more that anarchy
was better than the system we were living under.
But that was then and this is now. Things seem to have radically
changed. And I think it began with the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. Everything got completely out of whack
after 9-11. The fortitude of the American people collapsed. Like sheep we all began marching to the drum beat of an extreme
right-wing government that was declaring war on everything from drugs to terrorism, and stripping our constitutional rights
in the process.
Like sheep we agreed without a whimper to let them do it.
I should say that almost all of us agreed. I voiced my objections
on this website, as did many other American writers who had access to the Internet. But the American media fell right into
lock step. The reporters on the job and their editors forgot Jefferson’s great commandment for journalistic responsibilities.
Everybody also forgot the famous quotation by America’s
first great journalist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, who said: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain
a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
And now America is on a very slippery slope, skidding
its way behind a corporate controlled leadership that has no respect for our dying planet and is leading the world right into
a financial, ecological and social disaster.
What has happened here seems to have proven that a democratic
form of government is a failure. But then, the founding fathers never intended America to be a democracy. They probably knew
that such a monster would fail so they carefully established what was supposed to be a republic, based on a very successful
government system that kept the Roman Empire going for well over a thousand years.
But while we adhere to the republic form of government; that
is electing representatives to speak on our behalf in the House and Senate, the complete package never really got off the
ground. Americans slipped into thinking of ourselves as a democracy. Even though they say a pledge to the flag that declares
the nation a Republic, this is not what we are. After the Great Depression, when government under Roosevelt began creating
ways to feed the masses, the people began electing representatives to government jobs who promised to tax the workers harder
and spread the wealth generously among the poor.
I once heard it said that people who receive welfare or any
other financial assistance from the government, should at least temporarily give up their right to vote. Another thought in
that vein was: “We cannot give the people the power to destroy themselves.”
So were these men right? Are voters inclined to blindly cast
their votes for candidates that promise to deliver more and more personal assistance to the poor and downtrodden? What these
people were saying is that they were opposed to Socialism. And it was that kind of thinking that has kept the Republican Party
in power for as long as it has been.
Today with electronic communications affecting everyone’s
lives, a lot of clever people have discovered interesting ways to manipulate the minds of the people. They do it by bombarding
us with television, radio and billboard advertising, by subtle unseen ways of persuasion, and many suspect by controlling
the electronic and computerized balloting machines.
Throughout history the human race has tried a lot of different
forms of government and all have ended in failure. They all might have been successful except for greed, the human frailty
that constantly brings about the downfall of nations.
This is why I now realize that anarchy also would fail. Once
they understand how the system no longer controls them, the quicker thinkers among the masses would find creative and unchecked
ways to bring chaos and disrupt the solitude enjoyed by the others. Their motive would be the same as it has always been .
. . a quest for power and wealth.
Thus it is obvious that humans, in their present state,
need some form of governance. The problem remains the same, however. What form of government can we create that will establish
equality and protect us from the greed and corruption that seems to be always lurking in the shadows? Our forefathers thought
they had an answer, but they were obviously wrong.