November 11, a crowded room listened with rapt attention as William Federer spoke for over an hour about governmental power throughout all of recorded history.
On the topic of “Preserving the American Way of Life,” Mr Federer related how unique America’s situation is when compared to government and political situations throughout all of recorded history. After studying the past 6000 years of recorded history, which he commented was a generally short period of time when measured by the lifespan of 60 grandmothers living 100 years each back to back, he noticed that more often then not, power tends to concentrate in the hands of one person. Usually, this occurs in the form of a monarch. He shared examples back to Gilgamesh a Sumerian King in 2500 AD, and then to Egyptian Pharaohs, Chinese Emperors, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Genghis Khan, English Kings, and recent dictators.
On the contrary, there are very few instances where the power was taken out of the hands of a single leader and into the hands of the people. However our current American style of government pulls from the best of these instances:
1. Israel under Judges – Private land ownership
2. Greek – Democracy
3. Roman – Republic
4. English – Constitution
However, according to history, power always tends to want to concentrate back into the hands of one person. So, as Americans, we need to take advantage of our democratic republic Power and elect leaders who will represent us in a way that will keep the power in the hands of the people, and out of the hands of a single monarch.
For additional information, you can check out Mr. Federer’s book Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control.