Power

The U.S. Constitution does not assign power for the simple reason that the people govern. However, it does delegate powers appropriate to carrying out the duties and obligations it assigns.

The delegated powers are apparently not adequate or even desired by individuals who perceive that they generate laws to rule, rather than being ruled by the laws which citizens approve. So, perhaps as a sort of consolation prize, legislators have relied on illegitimate factions to influence not just the selection of candidates for public office, but the organization of the legislative bodies themselves. In other words, public officials who lust for power can find it in the machinations of the factions (parties) for benefits and exclusive functions. Novice officials are relegated to menial tasks and extorting corporations under threat of restrictive regulation.

Illegitimate factions making illicit and unethical arrangements at the behest of incompetents, whose deficits are hidden by a host of professional scribblers and lobbyists.

What a wonderful invention is the corporation, an artificial man-made person! Is that christianity’s contribution to human civilization, s formal strategy to evade individual, personal responsibility? Did Christianity formalize the good/evil dichotomy with the ephemeral Holy Spirit, the denial of material reality? Does the primacy of the intent, for example, to procreate require disregard of the individual who actually carries out the procreative function?

So, is the dichotomy of function and intent a consequence of the male/female dichotomy? Are our “sophisticated” cultures driven by intent because we let males take the lead.

“Behind every great man stands a good woman.” Does it follow that “behind every bad man stands a lousy father”?