Republic or Democracy: When Jekyll transforms to Hyde
Republic, Democracy; Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde; America Globalized.
How does Jekyll transform to Hyde and has America run out of the restoring potion?
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sin nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good,
But I cannot carry it out.”*
In 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was published. As you may recall, Dr. Jekyll is a man of means who feels the battle within his soul that plagues all of human nature:
The battle between good and evil.
The battle to do as we ought; or to do as human flesh, absent of conscience, would concede, coerce, condone, and corrupt.
Dr. Jekyll concocts a serum, a potion, which allows him to transform his physical appearance to carouse about at night fulfilling his evil and lustful appetites.
As with any beastly appetite, the more it is fed- the more it grows.
Eventually, the absolute rule of the sin nature, revealed in the grotesque Mr. Hyde, begins to appear spontaneously, without the need of a scientific potion.
And subsequent attempts to reverse it were unsuccessful.
Thus ends the life of Dr. Jekyll….and Mr. Hyde.
Alexis de Tocqueville, in his masterpiece volumes entitled “Democracy in America”, published in 1835 prophetically describes the tendencies, the temptations and the course of democracies that fail to venerate God.
They will exchange Liberty for equality.
“The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men, all equal and all alike incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives.”
They choose a government, a potion, an administrative state,
“to keep them in perpetual childhood….it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?”
“…the principal of equality has prepared men for these things;
it has predisposed them to endure them and often to look on them as benefits.”
Standardization, uniformity, conformity, rigidity, is demanded in education, legislation, industry, and society and is regulated by strict adherence to sanctioned processes, routines, “transparency”, accountability dutifully fulfilling the will of the government.
“From hatred of privilege and from the embarrassment of choosing, all men are at last forced, whatever may be their standard,
to pass the same ordeal;
all are indiscriminately subjected to a multitude of petty, preliminary exercises, in which their youth is wasted and their imaginations quenched, so that they despair of ever fully attaining what is held out to them; and when at length they are in a condition to perform any extraordinary acts the taste for such thing has forsaken them.”
Can we all say, “Government mandated educational “standards””; College and Career Ready 21st Century Competencies….aka Common Core State Standards; No Child Left Behind and mandated standardized testing; Goals 2000; Outcome Based Education.
And the towers of cubicle filled offices occupied with the metrics mongers of the administrative state.
Perhaps this perceived standardization of the Victorian era drove Stevenson’s Jekyll to vent his Mr. Hyde? (That, or that his name, Jekyll kept being mispronounced by the Brits…)
Materialism, the chasing after stuff and things, will supplant and eventually disconnect the citizen’s of Hyde driven democracies from spiritual growth and from becoming truly human.
“Democracy encourages a taste for physical gratification; this taste, if it become excessive, soon disposes men to believe that all is matter only; and materialism, in its turn, hurries them on with mad impatience to these same delights;
such is the fatal circle within which democratic nations are driven round.
It were well that they should see the danger and hold back.”
But alas, like Dr. Jekyll, America has not held back her Mr.Hyde.
Centralization, the tendency of democracies to consolidate power, removes local institutions and self-reliance.
“Consolidation is the instrument of innovation and despotism.”
Russell Kirk observes from Tocqueville, Randolph and Calhoun etcetera, and as Tocqueville summarizes here:
“Not only is a democratic people led by its own taste to centralize its government, but the passions of all the men by whom it is governed constantly urge it in the same direction.
It may easily be foreseen that almost all the able and ambitious members of a democratic community will labor unceasingly to extend the powers of government,
Because they all hope at some time or other to wield those powers themselves.
Centralization, consolidation is an all too obvious Jekyll and Hyde transformation: think Chamber of Commerce, Corporatism, education, local governments, state governments, global governments, non-profits, healthcare, banking, media moguls, information technology etcetera which again is confirmed via conservative author Russell Kirk comment on Tocqueville.
“The spectacle of the states of the American union today–resentful yet mendicant-like, fearful of consolidation, but cursed with and insatiable appetite for federal grants-in-aid—is sufficient illustration of Tocqueville’s observation.”
We of the 21st century clearly interpret “Centralization” to mean Globalization.
Not only has democracy’s passionate, impulsive, hedonistic driven Mr. Hyde placed the Republic under a tyrannical administrative state; it has placed the entire Sovereignty of the Constitutional Republic in the hands of the Globalist despots.
When the democratic Hyde’s eviscerated the Godly reverence that would have saved the Republic, they removed The Only Remedy that would save both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: God.
“….the Empire of Imperialism, after the first stage of the Roman Empire, eventually split into an east-west division.
The east-west axis is a balance of power. The eastern balance of power is now (2003) centered in Russia and the Moslem block of nations, while the western balance of power is with the democracies.”
But some day this east-west division will give way to a one-world government.
As to the exact nature of this government, nothing is stated. It will be a form of imperialism, of course, but whether this will be in the form of the United Nations, or the form of a select leadership is unknown. But that this one world government will occur and devour the whole world is clear.” *
As the Global Imperialism detailed in Daniel 7:23-24 and Ezekiel 38-39 continues to unfold at the speed of the ethernet, we must ask:
It is too late for both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but what about America?
What about you?
Where do you fit in this “one world global order”?
Will you and yours be Standing….or will you be bowing in Babylon?
Now would be a good Time to Choose.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk
*The Footsteps of The Messiah by Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum