Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today's MOZEN: Lord Acton

F LoBuono

As much as I prefer my own, original writing for my posts, at times someone else has said it first and better. This is one of the those occasions:

Absolute monarchies are those in which all power is given to or, as is more often the case, taken by, the monarch. Examples of absolute power corrupting are Roman emperors (who declared themselves gods) and Napoleon Bonaparte (who declared himself an emperor).

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" arose as part of a quotation by the expansively named and impressively hirsute John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

I believe we have a man obsessed with gaining absolute power and is by no means "great" at our helm.  He is simply bad .

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