At what point do the abuses of power of those invested with authority render them illegitimate?
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – American Declaration of Independence
We still have elections, and I’m optimistic enough to think that the corruption that exists in the elections is yet low enough that their results, for the majority of cases, are valid, especially nationwide elections. (That the results are poor, is self-evident.)
But what man, placed into the Presidency, now possessing despotic power over the citizenry due to a long train of abuses, will have the courage to rein in the bureaucrats and follow in George Washinton’s footsteps? Men of Washington’s quality, if they still exist, do not enter into politics. That is the realm of vipers and TSA agents.
Trust not in princes, indeed.