So, Nicole the Person Who Hates Government and Laws of Any Sort is telling us that “God” already told us who to elect to office.
And she tells us where “God” said all this.
What is in 1 Samuel 8?
Well, if you’re like me and you were raised in a fundagelical religious family and you were forced to memorize huge portions of the Bible and go to church three times a week for years and years, you already know what 1 Samuel 8 is about.
Remember? We named our son “Nathan.” After the prophet. You know, from the Bible.
Anyway, the chapter is the story of how the stupid Israelites decided that they wanted a king. What had happened is that Samuel (who was the prophet at the time anointed by God) had some sons and he made them judges over various parts of the land, and they were corrupt.
So the people got sick of the whole damn thing and decided that they wanted a king instead.
And Samuel tried to tell them that a king would be worse than his corrupt sons and goes into verse after verse about what having a king would do.
Here’s a sample:
He [meaning the king] will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
So, the people say, “Fuck you, Samuel. We want the king anyway. Your sons suck.” [I am paraphrasing. The Bible actually doesn’t say “fuck,” but I bet the people did.]
And “God” tells Samuel, “Oh, well. Give them what they want.”
And “God” says something interesting as well. He says to Samuel, “Don’t be upset about this. They have not rejected you, but they have rejected me.”
In other words, the people rejected theocracy (rule by “God” or religion).
Nicole, by referring to this chapter, is advocating theocracy.
Not voluntaryism, or libertarianism, or “freedom,” but theocracy.
You can just imagine how this goes over with people like me. Samuel, of course, was channeling the words of a non-existent, made-up deity because he was trying to keep his sons in power. (That is, if there really was any Samuel at all—much of the Bible, especially the Old Testment, includes characters that are entirely fictional.)
Anyway, of course, the end of the story is that they crowned David king and everything just slowly went all to hell from there. Because the only good ruler is “God” and of course, since “God” doesn’t actually exist, the only good ruler is “God’s” representative and you can see how well that works out if you visit, oh, say, Iran.
But most of Nicole’s little followers won’t bother to look up the reference and most of them will just think of her as so wise and well-read.