A dictatorship is a form of an Absolute Monarchy, A Constitutional Monarchy is an entirely different animal. The history of the last few hundred years, and it is only a brief period in man’s history, is that a violent revolution, that seeks to change the status quo, from top to bottom, results in a dictatorship. These rarely fall, except by war, massive economic incompetence, or public uprising, motivated by the people’s intense hate and suffering, being directed at its source , the present government.

True getting people of different cultures, religions, heritages, colors, and the list goes on, to live peaceably together is a rarity. The U.S. for better or worse, is the greatest example of it being possible, and it is not especially easy here, just compared to elsewhere.

Stability in and of itself is not a panacea. Burke recognized that. He also recognized that while the people may not be all that bright, they are not dumb. They do not hold onto something, the nuclear family, their religion, their heritage, their culture, without a strong basis that it gives much more to them that it takes to maintain it. Bad conditions can be long lasting, the Assyrians are one of the best examples of that. When Nineveh was finally taken, it was destroyed, and left to rot. A rarity among captured capitols. Usually they are held onto as prizes, the Assyrians were so despised, that it was destroyed. So yes, stability in and of itself has limits.

The current currents in American thought, good, bad, and indifferent, are creating a centrifugal force on the American family, their religious experience, attacks on their heritage, on their tolerance for gender or sexual differences, is breaking things apart. At the present juncture, many, perhaps most, social media is no gauge of anything, those things mean a lot to people, because they have lasted through time, and their lives. A Republic to survive needs tolerance of all who are different from the majority. Provide that, things become easily livable for most, though not all.

That humanistic revolution can proceed, accordingly, so long as it recognizes that all will go along with its creed. Tolerance, but not necessarily acceptance, is a key to keeping public life, civic space, on a track towards a more perfect future. One side lecturing to the other, and it does not matter which, will only pull it apart. Allowing the nation to crater, and fall in upon itself, with no safe space for any but the very wealthy. Hence my voice for gradualism, with a view. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, paraphrased, “I have been to the mountain top, I may not see us get there, but I have seen the promised land.” The vision is for all, the work to make it happen, happens one person at a time, one place at a time. Building upon itself in such a way as to provide the stability for the goal which is in mind.

Muddling along is another way of looking at it. That also works.

San Francisco native, lived mostly in the Bay Area, spent time being a hippie, a real estate broker, residence hotel manager, living in the country, life is goo

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