England’s King George III & the Divine Right of Kings
As the day of this Country’s 237th Anniversary of our Declaration of Independence approaches, let us take this opportunity to revisit and discuss the events and circumstances that inspired thesubjects of the American Colonies to revolt and declare independence from King George of England.
This won’t be the same old, dull rehash of the enumerated list of grievances the colonists had petitioned King George for relief from and were denied. You know that list from primary and secondary school: the King’s failure to enact laws necessary for the fair and proper governing of the colonies, the King’s failure to listen to and act upon the Colonists Petitions for Redress of Grievances, the King’s punishment and reprisal of those involved in said Petitions, the King’s failure to provide the colonies with adequate protection from external invasion and internal strife, No Due Process and the King’s failure to establish a Colonial Judiciary and his refusal to abide by the Rule of Law, the King forcing American Colonists to quarter large numbers of military troops and failing to adequately supervise them, his cutting off the Colonist’s trade with the rest of the world and inflicting other economic unfairness, taxation without representation, unreasonable searches and seizures and restrictions on free speech, free press and freedom of assembly [(and a host of other grievances). You can view the entire list by reading the Declaration of Independence [http://goo.gl/buq6I]
While these individual trespasses, that partially explain what happened on the 4th of July, 1776, are important to acknowledge, focusing on them obscures the bigger picture of a series philosophical epiphanies, enlightenments and events that would alter the future trajectory of humankind. While you watch fireworks this 4th of July, ponder this: The American Revolution was an intellectual revolution as much as it was a military revolution. The entire oppressive, overwhelming, all consuming Socio-economic-political status quo of the Old World was overthrown and cast off.
The new Socio-economic-political paradigm that replaced the old status quo resulted in the tremendous expansion of individual freedom and liberty as well as great improvement in the quality of life for each individual. On the 4th of July, 1776, 13 American colonies had trembled at the thought of declaring independence from what was then the greatest power in the world. However, these enhancements to the lives of every individual under the new American
Socio-Economic-Political Perspective of Reality allowed the 13 American colonies to rise 170 years later as the greatest socio-economic-military power on earth.
The American Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, 1776 was not just a Declaration of Independence from King George of England. It was also a Declaration of Independence by every American Colonial Subject from King George’s Perspective of Reality on the Nature of Mankind and the proper relationship of the between government and the governed.
“Huh? What the heck is he talking about?”, you are thinking to yourself. Relax and get ready to enjoy the wild ride adventure that led to our American Declaration of Independence and the formation of a new country. A country made up of former subjects, now self proclaimed citizens acting with their own Self-Determination. And, within a newly realized Perspective of Reality regarding the Nature of Mankind and the proper relationship between government and the governed.
This wild ride begins by recalling the fall of the Roman Empire and the descent of the Western World into the “Dark Ages”. Out of the political and economic chaos of the Dark Ages arose a Socio-Economic-Political system known as Feudalism [http://goo.gl/QqbHt] and the institutionalization of a Governance Doctrine known as the “Divine Right of Kings” [http://goo.gl/BHJHt].
The Governance Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” meant that the King/Queen/Head of State (hereafter “King”) was a God or the representative of God here on earth. As such, no earthly being had the right to challenge the King’s authority or decisions, as they were a god or divinely inspired. Quite simply, the King was never wrong. Your parents may have declared to you, “My roof, My rules”, but King’s essentially declared, “My Country, My rules.”
Further, the King owned all the Land. No Person could be upon the King’s Land without the permission of the King or his representatives. No person on the King’s land had any rights, instead they had permissions and privileges; The King’s Permission (and privileges as he so desired). And the King’s permission (and privileges granted), including the permission to simply be on his land, could be revoked at the Kings discretion (whim). And that is why such persons are called subjects (as we shall more dramatically demonstrate later in this good read).
The King allowed certain persons the privilege to manage portions of his lands. These persons had a wide variety of titles, but for our purposes we will just refer to them as “Nobles”, “Lords” or “Aristocrats”. In exchange for being given the privilege to “manage” a portion of the King’s land, the Nobles were required to supply the King with Tax money and soldiers for the King’s Army. In turn, the Nobles collected taxes from anyone who lived upon the land the King had granted to the Noble and paid the King his required portion. And, when necessary the Noble pressed into military service some the subjects, when insufficient volunteers couldbe found to meet the Kings requirements for soldiers.
And with that foundation laid, the writer entices you to read onward with thisteaser. Perhaps you did not notice this writers phrasing of the first paragraph of this writing:
“…that inspired the subjects of the American Colonies to revolt and declare independence from King George of England.” It is impossible to fully grasp the perspective of reality of a person living under feudalism and the “Divine Right of Kings”. However, to more fully appreciate the scope of change the American Revolution represents, it is important that you try to intimately understand the “Perspective of Reality” of a “subject”. That is to say, a person living under the Socio-Political Governance Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” and the Socio-Economic System of Feudalism. To do so, this writer asks you to participate in the following exercise.
To avoid unnecessarily offending any particular Nationality, you are going to envision yourself as the subject of an unnamed Country whose rules are an amalgamation of the written and unwritten rules that existed in the many countries of Old World Europe and the American Colonies during the Renaissance (1300-1700AD)[Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 AD “discovers islands near America) [http://goo.gl/LSf05]
This exercise requires you to “inhabit and visualize the internal pressures, restrictions and constraints subjects living under the Government Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” would have had to place upon themselves at all times in order to survive and avoid consequences”. (For the younger among you, think of this like setting up your character for a computer role-playing game. Your goal here is to survive.) Are you ready to start?
OK? First add each of the following rules to your Feudal Subject Perspective of Reality:
- The King’s power is absolute. It cannot be questioned or overturned;
- Only the King can own land, you can’t.
- You have no rights, You have only….
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Those were my thoughts.
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.
If you seek original thought, read me; If you want the same old, tired false left/right alleged 2 different major political party paradigm propaganda and dogma, read someone else.
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