DBU Oxford Seminar Day 3

Key themes encountered:

Incarnational Strategy

Commons, Lords, and Monarchs

            How will leaders and individuals in America affect political change 20 years from now? Is there a specific route or strategy by which reformation will come that is unlike the paths and political maneuvering we take today? Throughout England’s history political reformation was brought about in various forms. Its most notable form being royal edict and slowly evolving into more republican and democratic forms emulated in documents such as The Magna Carta and The Bill of Rightsand now manifested in the legislative actions of the British Parliament. Of course, English political reform was not without the more violent and aggressive forms of upheaval and dissention evidenced by such acts as the beheading of King Charles I which resulted in the appointment of Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protectorate.

            The manner in which British citizens shape the laws of their country today is not the same manner we would have witnessed political reformation happen in the sixteenth century and certainly not akin to how these shifts would have happened much earlier in the eleventh century. In America, as in other countries, the recognition of individual rights and the all but abandoned idea of the “divine right of Kings” influenced a distribution of power among all socioeconomic classes and began to blur the lines between social and political stratum. Political processes have always changed; why should we expect for this to cease now?

            Republicans have long been frustrated with the increasing amount of executive powers in the hands of the President. With the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, Democrats are now calling into question the validity of the electoral college. The Declaration of Independence wisely notes, “all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, then to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” There comes a point when individuals demand a change in their political institution and it comes when the displeasure is no longer bearable. We can expect that America’s political system will be different years from now. How different and how soon will depend on the ability of leaders to leverage the population’s discontent of those things with which we have been accustomed to for years.