Does America need a king?

posted at 5:31 pm on January 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

No way. Install a king and before you know it he’ll be issuing royal edicts changing the law willy nilly to suit his daily whims.

What would be left of America then?

In parliamentary systems around the globe, the head of state is separate from the head of government. In some countries, like Russia and France, the president (as head of state) is more powerful than the prime minister (who is head of government). In others, like Israel, the president serves simply as a symbol of the nation, while the prime minister runs the country. Europe’s constitutional monarchies limit their heads of royal houses to symbolic functions, while reserving that role to one family. Having a national, unifying position ostensibly standing outside the daily muck of politics provides a rallying point for all citizens and a safety valve to redirecting national passions in a non-partisan way.

We have no such safety valve in the United States. Our experiment in self-government has progressed to the point where the differences in our increasingly complex country are now the salient feature of public life. They are certainly not as fundamental as the questions of slavery or civil rights, but they are deep and growing deeper nonetheless. The role and size of government, individual rights to privacy, immigration, the definition of marriage and the like are all driving polarization, not just in Washington, but in Peoria and Albuquerque and Manchester. The result is a country that is becoming shriller, more willing to demonize opponents and less united. This deep corrosion of political life is directly responsible for Americans’ growing sense of alienation.

A figurehead presidency like Israel’s would be the perfect job for Obama. That’s essentially the job he ran for in 2008: The point of Hopenchange was that O, through the sheer force of his sunny post-racial personal awesomeness, would usher in a new dawn for America. His legislative agenda was so far beside the point that his big domestic initiative ended up being cooked up as a throwaway applause line for an early stump speech. (“We needed something to say,” one advisor told Politico. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good.”) We’re not even through five full years yet and his disengagement from the legislative process is legendary, a new story about his reluctance to twist arms and schmooze members of Congress hitting the wires seemingly every week. The extent to which he claims not to know what’s going on in his own administration is comic fodder even for media outlets that cheer for him. The guy palpably does not enjoy governing. Why not give him a job he does enjoy by letting him be “the biggest celebrity in the world” without having to worry about any executive duties? He could flip the coin at the Super Bowl, hold photo ops with visiting monarchs at the White House, maybe order an ObamaCare deadline arbitrarily moved now and then for old time’s sake. He’d love it. The highest ambition of Obama 2008 would finally be realized.

Problem is, I’m … not sure Prime Minister Boehner would be an upgrade.

Exit question: Would a parliamentary system be better for tea partiers? As a matter of pure identity, conservatives would be happy to be free of the GOP brand and able to vote for a party more to their liking without fear that doing so would necessarily hand power to Democrats. They could, in theory, even partner with liberal Democrats on a few areas of mutual interest, like reining in the NSA and the excesses of crony capitalism. On the other hand, with the Republican Party now shorn of its most conservative elements, the GOP could partner with liberals to pass amnesty and “fixes” for ObamaCare with little recourse for conservatives. The big risk would be that wave elections would leave the out party with no way of checking the other like the GOP has now with its House majority — and while in theory that risk is the same for both sides, in practice there are more registered Democrats in the U.S. and likely to be even more in the medium-term due to demographics. Second look at presidential systems?


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Apparently the two executive orders President Revenge issued today regarding 2nd Amendment rights are in violation of HIPPA.

But he doesn’t care. Kneel before Zod!

22044 on January 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

The last time we had one we fought a war to dispose of him.

Are we there again?

Murphy9 on January 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Would he agree to resign if made SecGen of the UN?

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

But, would the UN want him…..Oops.

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

How about making Obama only resident and king of Mars. That way he would have his whole planet and leave the rest of us alone.

VorDaj on January 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Right, a figurehead geek whose only role is to meet other figurehead geeks from foreign nations and look good for the cameras would really bring America together again.

2017: Dog Eater just refused to step down as preznit but hey look, temporary king Michael Moore is shaking hands with the king of Zaire!

Bishop on January 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

A parliamentary system would be an even bigger disaster than we have now. It’s an even bigger abandonment of separation of powers.

The system our founders gave us tried to ensure that it would be hard for the Congress to do things if the people were divided and for the executive to be tyrannical. Much of this is done away in a parliamentary system.

gwelf on January 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM


President Social Proof

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Slow news week, I guess, so we are resorting to silliness.

OK, I’ll bite: no, we don’t need a king. We need a world free of “Progressives”, free of celebrity elitists convinced of their own infallibility and free of holier-than-thou moralists. Lets try American style republican democracy for a change, with power devolved to the states, and see what happens.

MTF on January 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Does America need a king?

Whether we do or not, it is clear that a blogger needs a thread that will spark comments on a snowy Friday night! ;0

Look, we don’t need a king, we need a Congress willing and able to perform its duties as the check on the Executive Branch’s power. Eric Holder should be in jail for gun running. Lois Lerner should be in the adjacent cell for using the IRS as a partisan cudgel. Gens Clapper and Alexander should be down the cell block for illegally spying on America. The rat-eared wonder should be in seclusion in disgrace while President Biden attempts to regain the trust of the American public.

Seriously, the reason why Obama has gotten away with this is his co-conspirators of both parties in Congress.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Ok, lets go with a king. But lets go back to an even older English tradition.

I’ll provide you with a sword in a stone and if a man or woman can pull the sword from the stone with their hands then they get to be king. Until then the federal government is castrated.

gwelf on January 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Slick Willie for Figurehead Prez.

Dubya for Real Prez.

Bark for Prez of states 51 through 57.

Bruno Strozek on January 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Off with his head, I say! /

TarheelBen on January 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

We have no such safety valve in the United States.

“Safety valve”?? LOL.

Those other governments are structured that way because they always had a apermanent Executive in the Royals. They had to take power from the Executive and place it in the Legislature in order to form half-decent governments. That’s why they have Prime Ministers and their “Executive” branch, as it were, is ephemeral and totally beholden to the Legisture – in fact most can’t even form the Executive without one party or coalition having full control of the Legislature.

America was built differently. We had no Royal Executive to have to work around so we built an independent, limited, Executive branch that has no connection to the control of the Legislature.

All of this is detailed (specifically the limits and responsibilities of each) in the Constitution. America has no need for a King or a retarded Sukarno clone dictator. America has a Constitutional structure that needs to be followed. If it were, Barky would have been tossed from the 2008 race and we would never find that our Constitutional Republic has been killed and replaced by the American Socialist Superstate, which is the sh!thole we are now all trapped in – well … plain Americans are trapped in it while dual nationals are free to escape to the other nations they hold citizenship in (thereby detailing the main, and important, difference between holding only American citizenship and multi-nationals and also illustrates clearly why a dual/multi-national is NOT a natural born citizen).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The flaw in this theory is that leftists want some neutral symbol of America they can rally behind in times of stress. Yeah. Right.

In fact, many leftist HATE AMERICA at its essence, and as such would hate its king as much as they hated every other remnant of American-ness.

Given half a chance, they would abolish the country as it now exists and institute a unified stateless single nation called “The People’s Gaia Protectorate of North America” and there would no no states’ rights, no individual rights, and probably no voting. Dictatorship of the Proletariate and all that, doncha know. Except you could replace “proletariat” with “pajamaboy trustafarian betters.”

Zombie on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

“King” isnt even a title sufficient for His Perpetual Grace, Barackus Obamus I. No, no… something with the words “Emperor” is more fitting His stature.

Jeddite on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Exit question: Would a parliamentary system be better for tea partiers?

Just asking that question demonstrates such a paucity of understanding of the American Constitutional Republic that it really defies the imagination.

I think you need a refresher course in how the American Constitutional Republic was created and for what reasons, along with how the Eurotrash parliamentary systems evolved and why.

Too many Americans seem to have no clue as to what the real uniqueness of the American Constitutional architecture was (having been killed off, now) and what the rest of the world’s governmental architectures are.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Don’t need a King, but it would appear we’ve got ourselves a Grand Poobah.

trigon on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Why did he even run in the first place…..seriously

cmsinaz on January 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Schoolhouse Rock- No More Kings!!!!!

INC on January 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Install a king and before you know it he’ll
===========================================

You mean a Queen!!

canopfor on January 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Of course we need a King. How else can we be protected from the harm we might do to ourselves?

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

+1 INC

Allah should add it as an update

cmsinaz on January 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

“King” isnt even a title sufficient for His Perpetual Grace, Barackus Obamus I. No, no… something with the words “Emperor” is more fitting His stature.

Jeddite on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

We’re breaking new ground here. Maybe the supreme ruler should take on a new name- like the Pope!

The real question here is if this is a hereditary position so that one of his stupid worthless brats would be the next leader in much the same way the Castro family runs Cuba and North Korea is a family franchise.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

INC on January 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Wow, I feel like I just stepped out of Mr. Peabody’s way back machine!

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Exit question: Would a parliamentary system be better for tea partiers?

Just asking that question demonstrates such a paucity of understanding of the American Constitutional Republic that it really defies the imagination.

I think you need a refresher course in how the American Constitutional Republic was created and for what reasons, along with how the Eurotrash parliamentary systems evolved and why.

Too many Americans seem to have no clue as to what the real uniqueness of the American Constitutional architecture was (having been killed off, now) and what the rest of the world’s governmental architectures are.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I absolutely and emphatically agree with every word of your comment.

In fact, I’m so surprised AP even asked the question that my other thought was to wonder if he’s trolling the Tea Partiers.

INC on January 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Thank you for that, I REALLY like Bill W. ! !

rottenrobbie on January 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

cmsinaz on January 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

:) Yeah, the title made me think immediately of Schoolhouse Rock!

INC on January 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Would he agree to resign if made SecGen of the UN?

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

He can’t be SecGen of the UN. Read the By-laws.

ladyingray on January 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Gotta get back to the basics around here! :)

INC on January 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Too many Americans seem to have no clue as to what the real uniqueness of the American Constitutional architecture was (having been killed off, now) and what the rest of the world’s governmental architectures are.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Your remarks are well taken … but …

Have we not compromised the integrity of our Constitution so that the checks and balances it was designed to provide are no longer operative? Have we not already allowed Congress to acquire so power that they have a freer hand over us than was ever intended? Same for the executive?

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

We don’t need a new system of government. We the people need to take back the power that the politicians and bureaucrats have usurped.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Heh. I wonder how “I’m Just A Bill” would be rewritten for today.

Or is RIP sufficient?

22044 on January 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

The point of Hopenchange was that O, through the sheer force of his sunny post-racial personal awesomeness, would usher in a new dawn for America.
============

It backed-fired into a Failure,..however Hopey has divided
America into “Two America’s**!

The ProgTard UpTwinklers
and the Bitter Clingers!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Have we not already allowed Congress to acquire so power that they have a freer hand over us than was ever intended? Same for the executive?

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Congress has gained power at the expense of the people, but more importantly has almost completely abdicated the power that it was given by the constitution to the executive, or more accurately, and much, much worse, to unelected bureaucrats.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Schoolhouse Rock- No More Kings!!!!!

INC on January 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I lost all faith in Schoolhouse Rock when they put out “I’m Just a Bill” without one mention of law being ignored or altered by Executive Order. ;0

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I feel, these days, that the genie is already out of the bottle, the camel is in the tent, the toothpaste has been squeezed out of the …

You get the idea.

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

At this point, I would be willing to settle for a competent community organizer

tommer74 on January 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I feel, these days, that the genie is already out of the bottle, the camel is in the tent, the toothpaste has been squeezed out of the …

You get the idea.

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Unfortunately, true. We are decidedly lacking in George Washingtons. Our second rate (I know – I’m being generous) politicians all want to keep and acquire more and more power for themselves.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

How do you like the “executive action” the “king” has announced re gun control this afternoon?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/03/obama-executive-action-guns_n_4537752.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D426414

The “king” may be vacationing, but his mischief never ceases

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

The ProgTard UpTwinklers
and the Bitter Clingers!!
(sarc)

Yes!

congma on January 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I’ll provide you with a sword in a stone and if a man or woman can pull the sword from the stone with their hands then they get to be king. Until then the federal government is castrated.

gwelf on January 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

On the Detroit Police Chief thread, we’ve been discussing the merits of having a watery tart throw the sword at him….

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Um, not King Obama, that’s for sure.
Maybe King Palin.

anotherJoe on January 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

John ‘Pelosi-in-Pants’ Boehner would not be an upgrade.

Wigglesworth on January 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

We don’t need a new system of government. We the people need to take back the power that the politicians and bureaucrats have usurped.

besser tot als rot on January 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

+100

There were / are parliamentary systems that pre-date our Constitution and government. Yet, none of them rose to become the beacon for freedom, liberty, and opportunity that this nation became.

The problem isn’t our form of government. The problem is that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people has been, as besser tot als rot noted, usurped from us in an unprecedented level of ignoring the Constitution. The one’s who’ve done this are now actively doing all they can to prevent us from regaining what was stolen.

Athos on January 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Maybe King Palin.

anotherJoe on January 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Michael Palin?
Or do you really mean a Queen Palin?

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Have we not compromised the integrity of our Constitution so that the checks and balances it was designed to provide are no longer operative? Have we not already allowed Congress to acquire so power that they have a freer hand over us than was ever intended? Same for the executive?

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

The Constitution is now a dead letter – which is why I wrote that our Constitutional architecture has been killed off, now. We are not in the United States, anymore, but in the American Socialist Superstate. My comment was just reminiscing about the US that was (before Barky destroyed it and Benedict Roberts helped by putting the final nail in the coffin).

We had had issues of stretching the Constitution before but it was still operative and people still endeavored to make their arguments, at least, sound Constitutional in some way. That is no longer the case. Not only have we lost the Constitution, but we don’t even have any Rule of Law, anymore. What Barky has been allowed to do and what he has been allowed to destroy is really unbelievable. And all because so many people were scared of being called “raaaacist”s if they pointed out that Barky was ineligible for the job to begin with, was committing a crime by campaigning in foreign nations to foreigners, was a moron with an IQ that should have had him pushing a mop, at best, or was an out-of-control tyrant who was tearing all aspects of the Rule of Law to pieces with his criminal and insane actions that broke the Constitution, statutory law and every governmental process one could find. Any one of these should have been the end of this retarded SUkarno clone, but he’s been allowed to do all of them, and to continue on. With that, America was killed and the Constitution relegated to the pages of history.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Does America need a king?

I was under the impression we already have one.

And he was about the last thing we needed to begin with.

FlameWarrior on January 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Would he agree to resign if made SecGen of the UN?

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

He can’t be SecGen of the UN. Read the By-laws.

ladyingray on January 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Even if he uses his other birth certificate?

meci on January 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

He doesn’t want to be King, he want to be The Caliph.

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Would he agree to resign if made SecGen of the UN?

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

He can’t be SecGen of the UN. Read the By-laws.

ladyingray on January 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Besides, Slick Willie has been drooling over that very same job since he left 9/11 to Bush. Sandy Berger told me so.

But probably neither one will end up with that job-the UN has never had a leader from the US, and the Secretary General is traditionally picked from a rotation of lesser-known countries that are not members of the Security Council.

And of course, if such a high-profile person was nominated there is a very good possibility that Russia, China or France would exercise their veto.

Del Dolemonte on January 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I believe that our Constitution was doomed when the SCOTUS upheld Wickard v Filburn in 1942. That was the case that gutted the commerce clause. The first of many dominoes to fall. It ripped apart any pretense of limited government.

MJBrutus on January 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Exit question: Would a parliamentary system be better for tea partiers?

.
Anyone remotely resembling a Tea Party person KNOWS the answer is a resounding NO!

Ignoring whether AP is so poorly educated that he knows nothing regarding the history of the “development” of parliamentary systems, let’s just focus on the fact the Hot Air is now part of the GOPe-media and these simplistic posts are intended as divisive distractions from ANY constructive discussion in comments.

Oh … AP! The “Prime Minister Boehner” tag line was as subtle as a brick upside the head. If you were the “pet conservative” on HuffPo … it would work like a charm.

PolAgnostic on January 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Michael Palin?
Or do you really mean a Queen Palin?

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Or more appropriately, Queen Sarah I.

CurtZHP on January 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The future King George VI of England (the current queen’s great-grandson) could do a better job than our Barack Hussein the First. George VI still poops in his diapers, but that’s better than turning the entire country to poop.

Steve Z on January 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

In our Founder’s America, the President runs the government, and the People run the country. In Obama’s America, the President runs the country and the People run… well, whatever’s left over, whatever they’re allowed to run, which isn’t much.

Socratease on January 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

So…like a Queen Obamadala, then?

HakerA on January 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Absolutely not. I WANT MY AIRPLANE BACK.

MikeinPRCA on January 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Or more appropriately, Queen Sarah I.

CurtZHP on January 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Yup.
I’d accept that any day over Emperor Barky, aka Darth Idiot.

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Would he agree to resign if made SecGen of the UN?

Another Drew on January 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

obama would have to renounce his US citizenship

ConservativePartyNow on January 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

He can’t be SecGen of the UN. Read the By-laws.

ladyingray on January 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

He can’t be President of the United States – legally – either.

But, look at us now……

Solaratov on January 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

obama would have to renounce his US citizenship

ConservativePartyNow on January 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Maybe not – the authenticity of the one he’s currently using is questionable as it is…..

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

You mean a Queen!!

canopfor on January 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I may not have majority rule, but my vote goes to this for thread winner.

DDay on January 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

We now HAVE a King, whether we want him or not. What we do not have is an Opposition party. Or anyone in power who supports the Constitution. Those who are loyal to the Oath are the official enemies of the King and his court. It is going to be an interesting year.

Subotai Bahadur on January 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

No.
Next question?

dentalque on January 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Our system is fine. The great thing about it is it prevents the country from going off into crazy land be preventing either side from taking complete power. The reason Europe is in even worse shape is because of their parliamentary systems.

Things are not great right now in the USA because of Zero, but we are actually right now still better off than everyone else, not a good prospect for the future of the world…but lets be not get carried away with our negativity.

William Eaton on January 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Yup.
I’d accept that any day over Emperor Barky, aka Darth Idiot.

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

And the idea of a Princess Bristol will really make heads explode.

CurtZHP on January 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Ignore the fact that I linked to a HuffPo site. (I really do not want to send traffic to it either.) Nevertheless, look at the executive power grab spelled out in the piece.

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Does America need a king?

For the last time – stop asking! I’m way to busy to rule.

whatcat on January 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Meteor. Washington, DC. The only solution.

rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Impeachment, conviction and a prison sentence would solve a lot of problems.

justltl on January 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Ideally it would take an honestly ‘good king’ to reset things the way they’re supposed to be constitutionally – we’ll never get anywhere close with the system as-is.

Set it back the way it’s supposed to be, then ‘restart’ – maybe a 30 day window at the next election, between the current president and the next one.

But ‘ideally’ doesn’t happen.

Midas on January 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Monarchism = extreme right-wing.

Greek Fire on January 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Meteor. Washington, DC. The only solution.
rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Sorry, but a meteor wouldn’t do the job.

whatcat on January 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Sorry, but a meteor wouldn’t do the job.

whatcat on January 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Got it. Asteroid. Washington, DC.

rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Meteor. Washington, DC. The only solution.
rrpjr on January 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Sorry, but a meteor wouldn’t do the job.

whatcat on January 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

A well place meteor.

davidk on January 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Instead of ‘king’ substitute ‘tyrant’.

Or ‘despot’.

Such systems assume that the power is vested in the Leader and Government, not the people. Where the people are trying to claw out something from government, some space for freedom and liberty to exist outside of the reach of government.

There are plenty of places to go to if you want THAT form of government.

The one where government dictates to you what you do.

Rome decayed from a republic to an Empire, and the decay started a good century before that final period of massive, expansive decadence. Parliaments under kings, kaisers and other single leaders have been more than ready to start Empires, expand them, and then see them collapse, often within a few years of the start of the project. Empires are not noted for their expansive understanding of rights of individual humans. All governments are just Punishers… and when you grant them the power to do ‘good’ then they have the carrot and the stick to make individuals comply with the power of government. Yet it is we, the people, who grant power and legitimacy to government and when we suffer at its hands, we are paying our good money from our liberty to no longer be free. Better to be free to starve then to be a slave to any government that anyone can think of.

ajacksonian on January 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

King is a demotion for someone who believes he is a god. Duh Won is probably bitter over the suggestion.

Philly on January 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

You mean a Queen!!

canopfor on January 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I may not have majority rule, but my vote goes to this for thread winner.

DDay on January 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I know you’re just funnin’ but this one gets mine:

In our Founder’s America, the President runs the government, and the People run the country. In Obama’s America, the President runs the country and the People run… well, whatever’s left over, whatever they’re allowed to run, which isn’t much.

Socratease on January 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Cleombrotus on January 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Does America need a king?

If only Obama had known running for king was an option BEFORE he ran for president.

I’m pretty sure that was the position he really wanted!

–grumble– Buncha’ racists holdin’ out on a brother until it’s too late.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

A figurehead presidency like Israel’s would be the perfect job for Obama.

Actually Bambi’s perfect job was senator. Make a lot of speeches, never be responsible for anything.

Well, either a senator or a game show host.

PackerBronco on January 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Be aware that the “executive action” re guns is the handiwork of John Podesta, who aims to do end runs around the legislature. He has said as much.

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

The problem is you can’t trust the progressives. It would be a tiny step from King Obama to Emperor Obama. Imagine a skinny, black Henry VIII. Conservative heads would roll….literally. I say not only no but if they tried this WAR

neyney on January 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

You mean a Queen!!

canopfor on January 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

…the old grandma next door said there was some show that used to “Crown” contestants as “Queen for a day”…and JugEars reminds her of their reactions…when they were named “Queen”…only he has acted like they had reacted… every single day since 2009.

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Down with the king!

Those of you who want King (Queen) Palin are as sick as those who want any other king.

p.s. America has a king and a queen. She is a modern version of Madame de Pompadour. He’s as stupid as her king was.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Sigh. The “dog” ate my post again.

Key West Reader on January 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

It would truly be worth the change in government systems just to see a bumbling Obama at the Prime Minister’s lectern, getting lit up by the members like a Christmas tree, and shown on UK television for the clueless dimwit he actually is, during Prime Minister’s question time in parliament.

I would pay per view to see that spectacle.

Cavalry on January 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Meet The Queen

Heh.

Key West Reader on January 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Bangs-n-Cankles 2016

Key West Reader on January 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Here is my idea:
Make the second place finisher in the Presidential election a Shadow President, who is given powers to review, investigate, and bring to court the rest of the government.

Count to 10 on January 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Obama would not be a success under any system because he is completely lacking in qualifications. He has no clue how to manage or how to inspire others to get things done.

Our problems have little or nothing to do with our system and much to do with our lazy, parasitic, ill-educated electorate. We’ve spent over twenty years now begging every half-wit on the street, every stoner on a skateboard and every home boy in the hood to register and vote.

People who couldn’t be bothered to take an hour to go to an election office to register are pursued with postcards to fill out at DMV and every government office. People who never even pay attention to the news or politics are hounded to turn out and vote.

And now we complain about the government we get? What the heck did we expect?

We should be trying to get these idiots to stay home and never vote, not cajoling them to turn out. “President Obama” – I rest my case.

Adjoran on January 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

This gets suggested every few years by a new batch of dimwits who don’t understand or appreciate anything about the American system. They idolize Europe for no good reasons and can’t help but think we’d be better off being Europe.

dkmonroe on January 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Abusurdity rules the day huh?

workingclass artist on January 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Obama would not be a success under any system because he is completely lacking in qualifications. He has no clue how to manage or how to inspire others to get things done.

Adjoran on January 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

There’s whole lines of European monarchs who are as lacking in qualifications as the rat-eared wonder.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

To add to your points, ajacksonian–
http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/../2013/06/how_democracies_perish_deathbed_edition.html

onlineanalyst on January 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Down with the king!

Those of you who want King (Queen) Palin are as sick as those who want any other king.

p.s. America has a king and a queen. She is a modern version of Madame de Pompadour. He’s as stupid as her king was.

Schadenfreude on January 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Ease up. We’re just having a little fun with their pipe dream. Turning it around on them, as it were.

I’ll take President Palin over Queen Sarah I any day.

CurtZHP on January 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

President Social Proof

Seven Percent Solution on January 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Excellent SPS,..thank-you:0

canopfor on January 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Christ is our only king.

JohnBrown on January 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

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