By Anna Von Reitz
The problem with kings is that they are men and men vary widely in their characters and abilities, so that one may be a perfectly good king and another, even his own son, a disaster.
Witness the Hebrew's experience. They demanded a king, so God told Samuel--- it's a bad idea, but if that's what you want, have Saul for a king.
And yes, it was a bad idea. Years of war and bloodshed and tragedy and all sorts of scandal and nastiness, even madness at the end----- and finally, the people had the great King David, who was a good, brave, and talented man, but also deeply flawed, and then his son, Solomon, the "wisest" king ever, and yet, he fell away and worshiped idols and accepted all the nastiness of Babylonian religious practices.
The plain fact is that men are not -- generally speaking --- able or willing or wise enough to govern themselves, so what realistic hope is there that they will be able to wisely govern others?