Marcus Aurelius: There is one more duty that I ask of you before you go home.
Maximus: What would you have me do Caesar?
Marcus Aurelius: I want you to become the protector of Rome after I die. I will empower you to one end alone, to give power back to the people of Rome and end the corruption that has crippled it.
[Maximus looks amazed and sad]
Marcus Aurelius: Do you accept this great honor that I have offered you?
Maximus: With all my heart, no.
Marcus Aurelius: Maximus, that is why it must be you.
Maximus wanted nothing to do with government and governing, only to restore the integrity of Rome and go home to his family.
I think he believed that, ultimately, the true power of a democracy lies with it’s people and not, what Nietzsche has since termed, an “Ubermensch” or superman. The greater good can only be served by a united will to implement the common good.
A place to start would be with the removal of:
1. All higher offices in government ie. President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, etc.
2. All political entitlements i.e. lifetime salaries, slush funds, corporate contributions, nepotism, etc. (How many of these guys would actually be there if it weren’t for these things? Sadly, very few). On 60 Minutes recently there was one politician who sponsored a bill to remove slush funds and none of his colleagues signed on.
3. Make the House and the Senate into Round Table discussions with no party distinctions (If you’re all there for the good of everyone in the country these distinctions really shouldn’t matter anyway).
4. Evolve, move forward, step out of the shadow of Medieval Fiefdoms, embrace the Enlightenment Period and The Renaissance and just stop thinking with your crotch.