King Charles begins letter II the same way he begins all the letters addressed to his wife and Queen. The king opens the letter with ‘Dear Heart,’ and it is this very heart that has raised so many concerns among the parliament and people of England. The king’s heart seems to be more invested with the Queen than the kingdom that he has been entrusted to rule.
These letters are addressed and signed with affection, but filled with highly sensitive national issues. After making a passing comment about some previous correspondents, the king quickly moves into the military and financial strategy of England. The letter goes on to speak of possible treaties, foreign intelligence and matters of religion. Every one of these subjects is a matter of life and death, yet the king treats them as pillow talk with the queen.
More than simple conversation, the king is implicitly asking the Queen for advice. Instead of relying on his own constitution, or the parliament for that matter, he has turned to the proverbial jezebel of the nation. This is something that the editors of the kings cabinet opened are concerned with as they write that the king has “…walked in the councils of the ungodly.” The editor is not concerned that the Queen might provide bad advice, but that her ungodly religion demands that she give it. When you talk to the devil, you don’t wonder what good points he has. You don’t trust anything he says.
The king goes into some detail about a treaty halfway through the letter. He says that he has botched things so bad that he couldn’t possibly sign any kind of peace agreement with the rebels without looking like he was bending over backwards just to please them. His solution is to have the Queen sign the treaty for him. He tells the Queen, “thou art the much fittest person to be the means of so happy and glorious a work as is the peace of this kingdom.” This logic is confusing at best. The king wants the Queen (who is responsible for much of this unrest to begin with) to assume more power to preserve the peace.
More than this, the king was sharing foreign intelligence with (what many considered) the biggest foreign threat of their day. The Queen was a foreign, non-protestant woman and the king was handing her the keys to England with a smile in his pants. Today, this might seem like a minor detail but in 1645, women weren’t even allowed to inherit land from their parents. This woman was inheriting an entire country from her sugar daddy.
Giving this Queen the throne was a blatant violation of the law, and this king stopped using his head long before it got chopped off. Even the most minor infractions should be pursued and prosecuted when they are committed by such major entities as the Crown or the modern day NSA.
Jeffrey Toobin has a silly name and silly logic. Allow me to introduce his backwards logic, “This is bad-but it’s not clear how bad. If it’s [2,766 incidents of unauthorized collections of data] then its very bad.” He goes on to explain that if its this same amount of incidents out of a much larger number, than it isn’t so bad. In other words, crime is relative. That is, if you are the government, but lets expand this logic to the American people:
“How often do you beat your wife Frank?”
“Not very often.”
“But how many times?”
“Three times a year”
“That seems like a lot. How many times does she make you mad?”
“At least ten times a day.”
“Oh, okay. That’s a very low percentage. I will tell your neighbors to stop calling the cops. You obviously have this problem under control.”
No. That’s stupid. If you beat your wife you don’t deserve to be in a marriage. If you betray the American people, you don’t deserve to be in a position of power. Crime isn’t relative. Its illegal.
The problems exposed in this English civil war are still very prevalent today. The English people were concerned about too much power being placed in the hands of someone that did not have their best interest at heart. The very same thing could be said about the American people today. Our nation has lent a considerable amount of power to the government, and too often, has the government used it against its own people. The very structure that was designed to protect and preserve the American people has turned against them.
Unfortunately, any attempt to expose these practices have been met with charges of treason. The kings cabinet opened was published and released and caused outrage among the people. Today, an action like this causes some debate and then we move on to the next thing that distracts us, myself included. We no longer challenge the powers that control us in any meaningful way because we have all come to except its inevitability. Our powerless and complacency is the very well of power from which the government draws their tyranny.
Most the time, we accept our helplessness. But the government keeps an eye on us just in case we get any ideas.