Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
The Angel and the Devil
Everyone has seen a cartoon, or even a live action
comedy, when a character faced with a difficult
decision has an angel appear on one shoulder and a
devil appear on the other - each giving their advice.
Both are projections of the character’s subconscious
and demonstrate, in a cute way, how the subconscious
may draw upon influences from within and outside the
The devil represents the expedient, instant
gratification, ends-justify-the-means solution; while
the angel considers the long-term ramifications and the
moral principles of the individual.
In the real world we see evidence all the time of folks
heeding the devil’s advice...
When the CEO of a large corporation takes an action
that will benefit the current quarter’s bottom line,
fully aware that the long term result may be the
destruction of the company.
When a legislator casts a vote to attract large
campaign contributions, while knowing it goes against
the interests of their constituents and the future
health of the nation as a whole.
Why would any individual listen to the devil? Isn’t it
a form of eventual suicide?
Well, unless they are one of the founders, most CEO’s
don’t remain very long with any one company today - so
loyalty is no issue for them.
Most legislators aren’t concerned with doing what’s
right - they are mainly concerned with winning the next
In 1951 the Congress of the United States amended the
Constitution to prevent a President from serving more
than two elected terms. The States ratified it on
February 27. A majority from both parties viewed the
final term of Franklin Roosevelt as evidence no one
person should hold that much power for too long.
In the 1990's legislators began talking about term
limits for Congress to reduce the influence of special
interests, reduce corruption and campaign finance
concerns, and ensure better representation for the
But, as George Mason famously pointed out, tyrants will
never vote for something limiting their own tyranny.
Indeed, some who promised to self-limit their terms
later reneged on that promise once in office.
That is why the Framers gave a Convention of States the
power to amend the Constitution.
The great power, and responsibility, we, as citizens,
have is to VOTE.
When we do so, do we listen to the party-line devil
sitting on one shoulder, or the angel of reason and
conscience on the other?
Your Friend and Servant,
Ken Klemm - Florida, USA
P.S. “Give power to the many and they will oppress the
few. Give power to the few and they will oppress the
many.” ~ Alexander Hamilton, arguing for a Balance of