Recent elections in the United States have brought about a seating and an unseating of power…regardless of the political position. Each one, man or woman, is reaching for a position of power. Most say that they only want to speak for or “represent the people.” We all know that this only happens sometimes because the push begins to see who can be heard the loudest or what agendas can be met for whatever side of the aisle one belongs. There is also the far-reaching, continual look into the future for when he or she will be re-elected…or plans being made to unseat some “terrible foe.”
Votes on issues will be made in both parts of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives,…that is unless one does not want to offend anyone and never votes up or down, but only “present.”
( Voting Present as a Legislative Tactic. … When a bill or amendment is up for a vote, a Representative may vote “aye”, “no”, or “present”, which is a refusal to take sides. Wikipedia)
It’s most disgusting to the average voter who sent their representative to Congress and would truly like to see work being done for the good of all, but it is the best that we have. Dictatorial power is not a choice any of us want and men and women throughout our history died to defend against it!
This leads me to think it might be time to re-blog one of my previous posts that takes us across the waters and into a teaching history once again. Of course, money and wealth play a big part in this post, but it also shows us the results when one person or one group has too much power. For your pleasure…or displeasure, I once again present:
ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTIONS ABSOLUTELY
“The dogs will lick your blood….” shouted Friar Petra to HenryVIII, King of England. “It will be as the prophet Elijah told King Ahab and his wife Jezebel” (I Kings 21:19-23) The congregation sat stunned and later this fearless man of God paid for that bit of news to the King when the Friar was executed.
Much is known about this King of England who broke with the Catholic Church to fulfill political control of all aspects of life in England. He did not want the authority of Rome to tell him what to do, whether it was marriage, divorce, or remarriage. All religious offerings and property should be under his control. Ask his six wives who endured his wrath, or those followers of Martin Luther who were burned at the stake. This ailing king’s three hundred pounds, obese body was also dragging an infected leg that finally brought him to his death. It is said that his casket gave way under the weight while being carried over rough roads to Windsor where he was to be buried. The body cavity, in those days, was stuffed with straw, but through the crack, the fluids drained….and truly the dogs did lap his blood as had been prophesied.
The life of this man is well-known and written about in many books of history. He was one of the most corrupt, using his authority to bring dishonor on everything he touched. Touching he did….and a great deal of it. He was tortured in mind and soul about his need to produce a male heir to the throne. Most of his wives either produced females; saw young infants die, or had one miscarriage after another. Power and corruption was not only a male failing of this king, but a female one also. Ann Boleyn, the Spanish beauty with beautiful dark eyes, made plans to get rid of Katharine of Aragon, the King’s wife of twenty years, who could not produce a child.
Henry VIII’s only male heir to the throne was born when he was married to Ann Boleyn. Prince Henry was a follower of the Protestant teachings as was his stepmother, Katharine Parr. Unfortunately, he died at age fifteen from tuberculosis and measles. In giving birth to another baby, a girl, Katharine Parr died soon after from birth complications.
What tragedy did this corrupt leader bring to his people and his nation? During his rampage on Christian believers and the churches, great collections of books were destroyed as churches were burned along with their believers.
What does the life of King Henry teach about leadership? The need for WISDOM and COMPASSION is part of RESPONSIBILITY, which all elected or non-elected leaders should remember. The suffering that corruption brings when power corrupts absolutely is not to be under-estimated!
Of course, King Henry was never up for an election. In today’s world, not everyone is happy with the results of any election. For some, there will never be a coming together or a hand-shake for promoting a happy, new beginning. Nevertheless, We wish them all well…if new beginnings can bring needed hope for our country with a different House and Senate in our U.S. Government.
Maybe Shel Silverstein said it best about new beginnings…should any elected person want to reach out to the opposing side and listen:
There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start
Power gained can also be power lost when one “falls from power” as did King Henry with his excruciating death. Yes, “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Turn on your sound for a video tour of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s home of wealth and opulence as well as total corruption and indulgence. No happiness here!
Michael Bloomberg has had some harsh words to describe our now President Trump during the campaign, but recently he has begun to sound more like his pragmatic side.
Who exactly is Michael Rubens Bloomberg? He has been a Democrat…a Republican..and is now an Independent. According to Wikipedia, in brief Bloomberg was born in 1942. He is an American businessman, politician and philanthropist. He is a billionaire, raking as one of the richest people in the world. However, he has joined The Giving Pledge where billionaires will give away at least half their wealth. He is the owner of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, mass media, and software company. Bloomberg served as Mayor of New York City for three terms.
Recently Lang of ABC News wrote an article that you may have missed. She told what Michael Bloomberg, who did not vote for President Trump, had to say about the now President Trump and what the politicians and the country should do. It is a far cry from other things he has said, but his words are probably some of the most sensible and best advice that the country can have at this time.
Regardless of what your personal opinion of Mr. Bloomberg may be, Boyer Writes felt it was important to pass this along to all our readers… for his recent words should be put into practice by everyone. It is what our democracy is all about.
This is Lang’s article in its entirety:
“Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said America should “get behind” President Trump because “the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not,” during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
Bloomberg said that opposing a president just because of one’s alignment with another party is the wrong approach. He referred to a 2010 interview with The National Journal in which Mitch McConnell, at the time the Senate minority leader, said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
“That’s my country. That’s my kids and grand-kids,” Bloomberg said of his reaction to McConnell’s statement. “You have to make it work. We have an election — whoever wins, you got to get behind.”
“He’s our president, and we need this country to be run well. I didn’t vote for him,” Bloomberg added. “Let’s just all hope that Donald Trump is a good president of the United States.”
Also a businessman and philanthropist, Bloomberg said Americans should direct their energy toward changing the outcome of the next election rather than fighting the current administration.
He said people in other countries “try to tear down the government and have a revolution” when their candidate doesn’t win but Americans should be more strategic.
“We should sit back and say, four years from now, how do I get my woman or man elected? And that’s very different,” he said. But Bloomberg said people should still fight policies they don’t agree with.
“You can protest. You can elect other officials, write letters, make phone calls,” he said. “But in the end, the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not.”
Bloomberg joked that Trump had “a little help from the Russians” in the 2016 election.
As for whether the result of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia has serious implications for the future of the Democratic Party, Bloomberg warned people not to read too much into it.
But he said “one thing” the congressional race, won by Republican Karen Handel, showed was that “all the money in the world can’t buy an election.”
“The public is a lot smarter than people give them credit for,” Bloomberg said.
In the end, he said, it was Trump’s “Make America great again” message that resonated with voters.
“I don’t know what the ‘again’ means,” Bloomberg added. “We’re better today than we have ever been. Still, that’s the key.”
Post note: We may want to think about that last sentence. Are we in America truly “better today than we ever have been“? Think about these words:
- Health and Addiction
- Loss of employment
- Race Relations
- Respect for Law Enforcement, School Officials and Parents
- Faith and Church Attendance
- World turmoil and terrorism
You decide if we measure up to other generations. It is for certain that we must come together to make changes to all of these areas…through sensible thoughts, words and actions. Yes, we must work together to make changes…starting within ourselves.
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