“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
Further, the prohibition on titles complemented the prohibition in Article III, Section 3, on the "Corruption of Blood" worked by "Attainder[s] of Treason" (i.e., the prohibition on creating a disability in the posterity of an attained person upon claiming an inheritance as his heir, or as heir to his ancestor). Together these prohibitions ruled out the creation of certain caste-specific legal privileges or disabilities arising solely from the accident of birth. www.heritage.org...#!/articles/1/essays/68/emoluments-clause
America’s Ruling Class
Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust....
Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits....
Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.
The two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century’s Northerners and Southerners....
Who are these rulers, and by what right do they rule? How did America change from a place where people could expect to live without bowing to privileged classes to one in which, at best, they might have the chance to climb into them? What sets our ruling class apart from the rest of us?
Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained....
The Agenda: Power
Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof.
Laws and regulations nowadays are longer than ever because length is needed to specify how people will be treated unequally. For example, the health care bill of 2010 takes more than 2,700 pages to make sure not just that some states will be treated differently from others because their senators offered key political support, but more importantly to codify bargains between the government and various parts of the health care industry, state governments, and large employers about who would receive what benefits (e.g., public employee unions and auto workers) and who would pass what indirect taxes onto the general public. The financial regulation bill of 2010, far from setting univocal rules for the entire financial industry in few words, spends some 3,000 pages (at this writing) tilting the field exquisitely toward some and away from others. Even more significantly, these and other products of Democratic and Republican administrations and Congresses empower countless boards and commissions arbitrarily to protect some persons and companies, while ruining others....
reply to post by Eryiedes
Very helpful,thank you.
For years I've complained that :-
Born in the forties, I was a subject, and I was ruled.
During the sixties I became a citizen, and was governed.
In the seventies I became a consumer, and I was farmed.
When they get me hooked on internet gambling, I'll be a punter, and I'll be f**ked.
It's like they get some kind of high from controlling people.
reply to post by ancientthunder
I think freedom will always be one half of a duality.
Something is always there to balance.
Freedom of speech becomes balanced by social responsibility.
Sexual freedom by the benefits of fidelity.
Freedom of action by our duty to obey the law and respect others.
These moderators of our freedom are benign. We learn balance.
The way we limit our freedom by adherence to useless dogma, emotional immaturity and ignorance are all remedied from within.
When we learn how we restrict ourselves, the restriction disappears.
Most of all, we seem as a species to want freedom from the consequences of our actions.
Like any infant.
We are not free to abuse our freedom for ever.
reply to post by ancientthunder
The grass is always greener on the other side. I was gonna move to a nicer city one time. But then I realized I couldn't bring my friends and family so it made it just too difficult. I'll just visit places and not bother with moving anywhere full time. You need 3 things in life: 1) somewhere to live 2) somone to love 3) something to do. That's all you need.