“I believe in POLITICAL EQUALITY BUT there are TWO OPPOSITE REASONS for being a “DEMOCRAT”.
You may think ALL MEN so GOOD that they DESERVE a share in the government of the commonwealth, and SO WISE that the commonwealth NEEDS their advice.
That is, in my opinion, the FALSE, romantic DOCTRINE of DEMOCRACY.
On the other hand, you may believe FALLEN MEN to be so WICKED that NOT ONE of them can be TRUSTED with ANY IRRESPONSIBLE POWER over his fellows that I believe to be the true ground of democracy.
I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world.
I believe the authority of parent over child, husband over wife, learned over simple to have been as much a part of the original plan as the authority of man over beast.
I believe that IF WE HAD NOT FALLEN … patriarchal monarchy WOULD be the sole lawful government.
BUT since we have learned SIN, we have found, as Lord Acton says, POWER CORRUPTS, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The only remedy has been to take away the powers and substitute a LEGAL FICTION of equality, the authority of father and husband has been RIGHTLY abolished on the LEGAL plane,
not because this authority is in itself bad (on the contrary, it is, I hold, divine in origin), but because fathers and husbands are bad.
Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should govern ignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us.
Even the authority ofman over beast has had to be interfered with because it is CONSTANTLY ABUSED”
The only legitimate reason that kingship is not attractive to us is because in this age and this world the only kings available are FINITE and SINFUL.
A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like ROUSSEAU, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so WISE and GOOD that EVERYONE DESERVED a share in the government.
The DANGER of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re NOT TRUE.
I find that they’re not true without looking further than MYSELF.
I DON’T DESERVE a share in governing a hen-roost, much less a nation.
The real reason for democracy is mankind is so FALLEN that NO man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows.
Aristotle said that SOME people were ONLY FIT to be SLAVES. I do not contradict him.
But I REJECT SLAVERY because I see NO MEN FIT to be MASTERS.
– C.S. Lewis
“IF there could be a king who is not limited in his wisdom and power and goodness and love for his subjects, then monarchy would be the best of all governments. IF such a ruler could ever rise in the world – with no weakness, no folly, no sin – then no wise and humble person would ever want democracy again. The question is not whether God broke into the universe as a king. He did. The question is: What kind of king is he? What difference would his kingship make for you?” – John Piper
“Government exists to PROTECT US FROM EACH OTHER. Where government has gone BEYOND its LIMITS is in deciding to PROTECT US FROM OURSELVES” – Ronald Reagan