The Lawgiver Chapter 1
1. If one listens to the wisdom of those who sat in the councils of kings, and witnessed the government in many lands;
2. One learns that whereas it is possible to rule lives and bodies, it is not so easy to try ruling minds – but nor is it right,
3. For the human mind is a kingdom in itself, and wise rulers know where the borders of their own kingdoms lie.
Grayling, A. C. (2011-04-05). The Good Book (p. 395). Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Kindle Edition.
Tom Paine said it more diplomatically than I say it here, but assassination persuaded ancient tyrants to moderate their greed. Persuading their people that heredity rather than violence entitled them to rule, they became monarchs.
Whether tyrants or monarchs, those who sat in their councils were robbers or thieves.
World War One ended the European monarchies.
World War Two reduced the number of European colonial powers to one, France. The Indochinese people and the Algerian people took away France's colonies.
America now wants to rule the world, using economic violence when possible and military violence when necessary.
Who rules America? Who sit in America's councils? Have they learned?
It's up to the American people to continue their education.