This caused more and more problems. Leadership positions, even when decided by "Divine right", as in a hereditary monarchy, required the support of the people governed. (or at least the leaders of the army or people that could raise an army) This was done by favors or rulings that favored those people. The problem with anyone who has a loyalty that can be bought, is they can be re-bought if you will by a higher bidder. A LOT of kings and queens in times gone by were taken down by the very people that had insured their position in the beginning.
Og and Og's descendants were not fools. They knew that to rule was to risk loss of everything if those you ruled did not support you. They also knew that to gather power from those who rule, while keeping an eye out for the next power move, was the key to real power and long term advancement. These bureaucrats became an important part of every government from the earliest times of man until now. Supporting these bureaucrats became a function of government that they themselves controlled and used to their advantage.In one of my first posts (see - http://justsomeposts.blogspot.com/2007/11/epiphany.html), I wrote a bit about the fall of the Roman Empire. The fall was caused by a LOT of different factors. However, one of the largest of those was the escalation of favors offered by the candidates for government office. They began offering more and more to "buy" the votes of the voting citizens of Rome until it was unsustainable. Making government the basis of support for as many people as possible is the way to insure a bureaucrat's and/or politician's survival. The more people you have looking for government for their needs, the better. Except for one thing - the money to support those looking to government has to come from someone. As I hope you have learned - there is NO GOVERNMENT MONEY! Even in a dictatorial setting, the money is produced by the working population. Government can only get money by taking it from the governed. We are in a similar situation today as the Romans were towards the end of their empire. We are approaching 50% of the population of our country that pays no income taxes. We have a large percentage of those that do not pay income taxes actually getting a tax "credit" from the government just for being alive. This is a dangerous area. I have railed against the escalation of the government debt - OUR debt in earlier posts. I have gone on and on with my concerns of a government that seems determined to head towards socialism and centralized control of production. That will not work! The U.S. has become the greatest economy and economic growth engine on earth due to the rewards that hard work and investment can reap. We have also benefited from the fact that weak, undercapitalized, and bad ideas have been allowed to fail. We cannot bail out of the mistakes of the banks, investors, mortgage holders and lenders, and others without helping to drag down all of those that were prudent and responsible. That is not right. Sorry for the rant, sorry for the length. I am not sure what date this will show when it posts, but I started this back in January. I have returned to it on many occasions and thought today was when I needed to finish it. I got off track a bit with my Og saga, but I hope you gleaned something from it; if only my passion for helping to keep this country alive.