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Professor speaks about the king, divine rule etc

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Political Science
Stefan Dolgert

Kings King was tried for crimes against his people; first king to be. (King Charles 1?) o Did not believe in the legitimacy of the court; reason HE IS KING. o He wore two shirts: afraid if he shivers from cold before he is executed, he will shiver from cold and people would think he was afraid. o he said: I must tell you that liberty an d freedom consists I having government. It is not in having a share in government everybody who is not the king is completely different from being king. The people are the ones who obey the government. o He loses civil war and lost his life. Relevance: o It is unprecedented; for people to go against the ordained by god (King) o sign of democracy o functions of government (structures) legislative- make laws executive- execute laws judicial- decide what the law says when there is conflict o presidential systems: presi is executive, congress is legislature o monarchy is related: the executive function is like a monarch. The PM has like a monarch rule but it is not absolute. More common in countries with presidential systems (comparing president to monarchical rule) o we also have a substantial monarchical element: in Canada, constitutional monarchy. The Queen still has the ability to sign off on bills? Represented by the govenor general, appoints the GG. Parliament can be pre rouged (end parliament) by the GG representing the Queen. From the read: Divine Right of Kings Context o Looking at the time of the society; violent, they believe in God, poor health and sanitary conditions, think of the world of Christian. o need order in society, thus having a king to protect them is better.
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