“We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.”
This is not the case in all situations, but in nearly all. For some reason, we humans think that we have ourselves figured out. We get a great idea, receive some backing from our close friends, and BOOM, the political power ball starts rolling. We become popular and people rally around us. We tell ourselves that we will never let it go to our heads, that the only reason we started this whole campaign was to implement our one “virtuous” idea. We start to realize that in order to implement our virtuous idea, we must be placed in a position of power. Soon the idea becomes second in importance, second only to gaining the power to implement the idea. We remain justified.
Soon we realize that we need a lot more ideas to bring in a lot more support. We promise to DO, DO, DO once we are in office, and soon our idea gets put on the back burner. We become consumed with winning. We win. We implement our idea. Our idea works. We gain more support, and with the support, we gain real power. Soon we become consumed in our power and forget those who helped us gain the power. We create elite groups in our mind and start working out of our own self-interest. We become obsessed by our power and seek ways to gain more. We follow a path of destruction not only for others, but for ourselves.
The only way to get out of this predicament is to put into office only the most virtuous and righteous people in society, any takers?