Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Emperor Norton, RIP

On this day in 1937, the grandest project of His Imperial Majesty Norton I, Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico, was completed. While his majesty's proclamation was issued in on March 23, 1872, it took decades for the project to begin in earnest.

Some other proclamations made by the far-sighted emperor included:
July 25, 1869 – Decree that San Franciscans advance money to Frederick Marriott for his airship experiments.
August 12, 1869 – Decree to dissolve and abolish the Democratic and Republican parties because of party strife now existing within our realm.
September 21, 1872 – Norton I ordered a survey to determine if a bridge or tunnel would be the best possible means to connect Oakland and San Francisco. He also ordered the arrest of the Board of Supervisors for ignoring his decrees.