Chapter 14: #159 - Of Prerogative
Paragraph #158 to
SEE: (Second Column to Right)
>>>"That the reigns of GOOD princes have been always most "DANGEROUS" to the LIBERTIES of their people.
For when their successors, managing the government with different thoughts, would draw the actions of those good rulers into precedent and make them the standard of their "prerogative" -- as if what had been done only for the good of the people was a right in them to do for the >>>HARM of the people, if they so pleased -- it has often occasioned contest, and sometimes public disorders, before the people could RECOVER THEIR ORIGINAL RIGHT and get that to be declared not to be prerogative which truly was NEVER SO;
since it is impossible anybody in the society should ever have a right to do the people harm, though it be very possible and reasonable that the people should not go about to set any bounds to the prerogative of those kings or rulers who themselves transgressed not the bounds of the public good. For "prerogative is nothing but the power of doing public "GOOD" without a rule."
This can be applied to every president exceeding his authority to impoverish the people.
Here Locke presents:
# 201: "It is a mistake to think this fault is proper only to monarchies. Other forms of government are liable to it as well as that; for WHEREVER the power that is put in any hands for the government of the people and the preservation of their properties is applied to "other ends", and made use of to IMPOVERISH, HARASS, or SUBDUE them to the ARBITRARY and IRREGULAR commands of those that have it, THERE it presently becomes TYRANNY, whether those that thus use it are one or many. Thus we read of the thirty tyrants at Athens, as well as one at Syracuse; and the intolerable dominion of the Decemviri at Rome was nothing better."
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RichardTaylorAPP - Chair - American Patriot Party.CC
John Locke #201, 202, 212 to 232; Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions 1798; Virginia Ratifying Convention 6-16-1788; Rights of the Colonists 1772.