I was having dinner last night with some friends (and yes I do have friends). We were talking about what is going on with people in positions of power (both politics and industry). One of them quoted something of interest. “Empires are only 3 meals away from revolution.” (Source unknown) WOW! You think about the times in history when people have revolted and is history on the verge of repeating itself?
I must admit that what has sparked my sudden interest in this is two things — bailouts and a particular governor. Are people in power simply out of touch with reality? One of my favorite quotes comes from a letter written by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton). In 1887 he wrote these words to Bishop Mandell Creighton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I guess my question is simply this; have “we the people” given away too much of our power to the wrong people and are we reaping the results of it? Or how do we get power back into the hands of the people to ensure absolute power does not prevail? I certainly hope it is possible because revolt although possible does not sound preferable.