Who are the few good men, other than those who see themselves as such? Most everyone holds a high opinion of themselves in relationship to all others. The Islamic terrorist, for instance, pictures himself as the voice of the righteous. Who decides who the righteous and the good are? The religious leaders? The government? The voters?
It seems to me that our prevailing concept of righteousness involves an anointing by an authority figure. The good must be approved by someone as law abiding citizens, patriotic Americans, or active church folks. Thus the good people are those who enjoy the blessing of the those in power. Such stamps of approval are as flawed as the people doing the anointing, which is to say highly flawed.
The very idea that the good are the few is a basic problem, especially in an aspiring democracy. If I can't trust my fellowman, if I need to be armed in public, what is the basis for believing in and allowing the democratic processes? How is such mistrust likely to play out in our justice system? The answer is written on the pages of every newspaper everyday. It echoes in the constant handwringing we experience over the latest political turmoil and societal unrest.
The Apostle Paul nailed it- there are none righteous, no not one. If righteousness is measured against any sort of absolute standard, then we all are unrighteous. There are no good men who rightfully lord over the rest. In fact, considering myself morally superior to others is a moral failing, the prelude to every ill ever perpetrated by men.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.