Mosiah 29:31 - 29:35
Mosiah 29:31 For behold I say unto you, the sins of many people have been caused by the iniquities of their kings; therefore their iniquities are answered upon the heads of their kings.
Previously, the wickedness of the people has often been because of wicked kings. The sins of the people will be answered upon the kings heads.
[Although some of the sin of the people could be because of the influence of the kings, I think that the folks will have to answer for going along with them. They could have thrown out their evil leaders if they were motivated towards righteousness enough.]
Mosiah 29:32 And now I desire that this inequality should be no more in this land, especially among this my people; but I desire that this land be a land of liberty, and every man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike, so long as the Lord sees fit that we may live and inherit the land, yea, even as long as any of our posterity remains upon the face of the land.
This is not right that a king should be held responsible for the sins of the people. The land needs to be a land of liberty where every man is responsible for the liberties he has or does not have. This should be as long as the Lord allows him to occupy the land. [The governing principle is that the people need to be responsible for what happens to them. A ruling body of a person should not be the one that dictates policy or who is in charge. It is the people who are the ones to set policy and install their leadership. In that way the condition of the society is their fault and not a king or a group of men who are insulated from control by the people and enforce their commands by force of their own police force.]
Mosiah 29:33 And many more things did king Mosiah write unto them, unfolding unto them all the trials and troubles of a righteous king, yea, all the travails of soul for their people, and also all the murmurings of the people to their king; and he explained it all unto them.
Mosiah goes on about the problem of a king being in charge. It is too much for a one man to rule over a people. He cannot take care of every problem. With all the complaints and issues that are brought before him, it has literally worn Mosiah out. It is time the people be in charge of their own fate not put on the shoulders of one man.
Mosiah 29:34 And he told them that these things ought not to be; but that the burden should come upon all the people, that every man might bear his part.
Mosiah said that this condition was not right that one man should carry the burden of all the people. The people should carry the burden themselves. Each man should be responsible for the governing of all the people.
Mosiah 29:35 And he also unfolded unto them all the disadvantages they labored under, by having an unrighteous king to rule over them;
Mosiah reminds them again of the problems of a wicked king and the social degeneration that takes place in a society so ruled.