Many Americans have never seen or heard of anything like Donald Trump before. While Trump’s gambit for continuing power is new to America, it’s old as the hills in history.
His is an attempt to set up a different form of government without actually modifying our current Constitution. Former President Trump wants a type of government where the chief executive has much more power than is traditional or legal in America. Turns out, there is a large and willing base of support for his actions today.
Our own Bible chronicles a story about a popular wave of support for a new form of government in ancient Israel. Samuel, the ethical leader of Israel’s consensual government party, was overwhelmed by calls for a king. Israel’s first king, Saul, was a power-hungry, jealous figure who occasionally wanted to deal with his political rivals by disappearing them.
This is the way democracies go, especially when they lose track of what freedom actually entails. Athens went this way when she abandoned democracy and supported Alexander the Great. Rome went this way when she cheered Julius Caesar as he marched into the city and changed its government forever.
Is America ready to go this way today? Life is much easier under autocracy. Just chow down on beer and pizza ‘til the day you die. I’m considering it. How about you?