Return of the Kings: The American presidency is degenerating into a cult.

Return of the Kings: The American presidency is degenerating into a cult. By Kevin Williamson.

The American presidency is degenerating into a cult. …

To be a republican in the 18th century was to be a radical. The American founders were deeply suspicious of pomp and circumstance … And they were even more suspicious of the claims of royalty. In the person of the English king, they found a compound of those sources of suspicion: a hereditary monarch who was head of state and church both.

The idea that a large, complex society enjoying English liberty could long endure without the guiding hand of a priest-king was, in 1776, radical. A few decades later, it became ordinary — Americans could not imagine living any other way.

The republican manner of American presidents was pronounced: There is a famous story about President Lincoln’s supposedly receiving a European ambassador who was shocked to see him shining his own shoes. The diplomat said that in Europe, a man of Lincoln’s stature would never shine his own shoes. “Whose shoes would he shine?” Lincoln asked.

As American society grows less literate and the state of its moral education declines, the American people grow less able to engage their government as intellectually and morally prepared citizens.

We are in the process — late in the process, I’m afraid — of reverting from citizens to subjects.

It’s probably no coincidence that the average IQ in the US is dropping quickly at the moment, under the onslaughts of the welfare state, feminism, and immigration.