The power to rule from a belief that certain individuals claimed that they have inherited the right to rule from God and are above questioning is at the forefront this year’s presidential election. Monarchy, and the Devine Right of Kings was a common form of government in the 15th century till the age of Enlightenment.
Seems history is trying to repeat itself. Enter Donald Trump.
Without a doubt, Donald Trump considers himself the one and only person who can save and make America great again. He is a candidate that comes across not respecting the idea of a democratic institution that the country is founded on. He presents himself as a man who would not hesitate to try to become “king-like” if he were elected. For this reason and many others, he is dangerous and not to be trusted with the power of the office.
Presidential candidate Trump is not only dangerous because of his hate speech, but how he has positioned himself as “the only one who can.” He presents himself as someone who is not shy of pulling out all of the stops in order to get what he wants. And being President of the United States is what he wants, well at least for now. There exists a definite danger in anyone who believes that their power comes from god alone, or even from the ministries of Norman Vincent Peale who gave the world, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Someone who believes that they are above the law, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” might not be the right person with the proper temperament to be president of the United States.
In the divine right of kings, the kings power was absolute and there was no ability to question him. We have come to accept the very idea of kingship as being ethically wrong and any government formed out of that as not being a legitimate form of government.