Saturday, August 9, 2008
Carte Blanche of the Knights Templar
Unfettered power brings about abuse and corruption. The founding fathers of our country knew this full well, and attempted to guard against it. Jefferson was so aware of power mongers that he preferred not to have a strong centralized Federal system, and Washington to avoid any implementation of blue blooded tradition in America. Libertarians often rail against many forms of regulation as evidence of the burden placed on capitalism, and environmentalists do the same against the weight of entrenched corporate power. The Knights Templar, while serving the purposes of the Pope in the holy land, also wore the mantle of unfettered power. The list of the prerogatives and privileges granted them is sure sign that abuse would surely have crept into and stained the noble orders rule and guide. Free from taxation and tithing, from lawful conduct and norms. The powers granted the Knights were vast and far reaching, and after the power was stripped away, their condemnation left only true believers. Sometimes that's a good thing in the end. When those in authority abuse their power it is the obligation of the people to remove them.