A friend commented on the Musings of an Old Curmudgeon Facebook page,
The alternative to democracy is dictatorship. Did Plato want to be a dictator? Of course. Was he an atheist? I guess so. Like Hitler and Mao Tse Tung. He sure wasn't a Christian. He and others like him worship themselves,not God. Did he believe do unto others as you would have others do unto you? I don't think so!Later I posted this:
And he responded,
Maybe Plato preferred atheist Communism to democracy! There's only one party there;no democracy or freedom of speech allowed! The one party is called the Communist Party! They're lying atheist thieves who murder people by the millions,and who put innocent people into jail by the millions!I have a few questions for him. So, you approve when 'democracy' in France confiscated all Church property in 1905. You approve of 'democracy' when it outlawed the Church in Mexico in the 1920s? You approve when the Irish 'democratically voted' to change God's definition of marriage to allow 'same-sex marriage' in 2015 and again when they voted 'democratically' to allow abortion in 2018?
My friend, like most Westerners, has been brainwashed since birth that democracy is the best form of government. My response is that democracy is the best form of government money can buy.
I have been an anti-democrat at least since I was in high school. I wrote an essay in a civics class pointing out that modern democracy, as practised in the West, is an intrinsically evil system based on the maxim 'Vox populi, Vox Dei' (Latin, 'the voice of the people is the voice of God').
My instructor gave me an 'A', saying that whilst he didn't agree with me, I had presented my argument well.
The very idea, as has been proven over and over again in the last decades, that 'the will of the people democratically expressed by voting' can overturn the Law of God and natural law is an idea that could only have been hatched by Satan, the Father of Lies.
It might come as a surprise to my friend that St Thomas Aquinas was no friend of democracy. The Angelic Doctor argued, as do I, for a res publica mixta, a 'mixed government'. In his letter On Kingship he posited that a monarchy, with some limitations set by an aristocracy and democratic elements, was the best and most just form of government. He also emphasized the monarch's duty to uphold the divine and natural law and abide by limitations imposed on the monarch by custom and existing law.
It was by this sort of 'constitutional monarchy' that St Edward the Confessor, St Louis IX, St Stephen of Hungary, St Ferdinand of Castile, and other Sainted Kings and Princes ruled.
Another Churchman, of a slightly higher rank than St Thomas, who was no friend of democracy was His Holiness Pope Pius VI who said,
In fact, after having abolished the monarchy, the best of all governments, [the French Revolution] had transferred all the public power to the people - the people... ever easy to deceive and to lead into every excess.And, speaking of monarchy His Most Reverend Grace, John Healy, Archbishop of Tuam, Ireland from 1903 to 1918, speaking of a protestant King, said,
The character of Kings is sacred; their persons are inviolable; they are the anointed of the Lord, if not with sacred oil, at least by virtue of their office. Their power is broad---based upon the Will of God, and not on the shifting sands of the people's will. They will be spoken of with becoming reverence, instead of being in public estimation fitting butts for all foul tongues. It becomes a sacrilege to violate their persons, and every indignity offered to them in word or act, becomes an indignity offered to God Himself. It is this view of Kingly rule that alone can keep alive in a scoffing and licentious age the spirit of ancient loyalty, that spirit begotten of faith, combining in itself obedience, reverence, and love for the majesty of kings which was at once a bond of social union, an incentive to noble daring, and a salt to purify the heart from its grosser tendencies, preserving it from all that is mean, selfish, and contemptible.His Holiness Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical Immortale Dei, On the Christian Constitution of States, said
4. The right to rule is not necessarily, however, bound up with any special mode of government. It may take this or that form, provided only that it be of a nature of the government, rulers must ever bear in mind that God is the paramount ruler of the world, and must set Him before themselves as their exemplar and law in the administration of the State.I know of no modern 'democratic' State where the 'rulers ... bear in mind that God is the paramount ruler of the world'. Indeed, as I said, the rule today is Satan's maxim, 'Vox populi, Vox Dei'. Since I am a Catholic who believes that God is our Ruler, I will fight Satan's 'democracy' until my dying breath!