I was thinking about democracy and leadership… reading the present news about the many presidents, generals and prime ministers… in one way or another chosen by the people or sometimes even not chosen but directly or indirectly appointed by the majority of their formed political party or even by a wing within this (not per se and most of the time not a majority of the electorate)… I remembered this dialogue from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975):
I am your king.
Well I didn’t vote for you.
You don’t vote for kings.
Well how’d you become king then?
The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.