Most of us believe we know better than those who exercise authority over us. Be it a mom, employer or government, we could make improvements in the way things are done. Family and employment are situational specific, but we all have the same national government. Could we improve government? To explore, let’s play a game called “If you were dictator.”
If You Were Dictator
The game is simple. It involves you being in control, total control. You may effect whatever changes you wish. The catch is that your total control lasts for one week. Changes you make will be imposed on the current government, under which you will then have to live. The Constitution will remain in place, although you may add, delete or change amendments to it as you see fit. Presumably that is where you would make changes because these changes would have a higher probability of surviving after you returned to mere citizen.
The game may seem far-fetched, but it is a useful exercise. It will make you think about the problems of the country, the role of the rule of law and the problems of granting power and preventing it from being abused. Can changes be made that would constrain the nonsense that passes for governance today? I have thoughts. You probably do also. Start fantasizing about what you would do if you were dictator.
There are few rules to what you can suggest. Do not waste time with things like “abolish ObamaCare.” What is needed are changes in the broad scope of governance not changes in specific laws. That implies tinkering with the operating manual, the Constitution. It is unacceptable to blow Washington up and start over, no matter how much you believe that is reasonable.
Be careful,. Whatever imperfections the Constitution might have, it is the best document created for providing and preserving liberty. Toying with it could make matters worse. Unintended consequences (a government euphemism for a bad idea) cannot be used as an excuse. Also keep in mind the old adage that the perfect is the enemy of the good.
One caveat. The great Liberal (in the classical sense), Ludwig von Mises, was asked shortly after arriving in this country the question: “If you were dictator what would you do?” His answer was short and immediate: “Abdicate.” That answer was consistent with Mises and his belief system. He understood the imperfections of humanity and the corrupting influence of power. He was unwilling to trust even himself in such a position. Anyone engaged in this exercise should respect his position.
I shall be writing more about my ideas in several posts. In the meantime, I welcome any of your suggestions or ideas as to how you might act if you were dictator under the loose rules of this game.