Monday, June 4, 2012

Our Queen for a Day doesn’t know enough to come in out of the rain

Wow! Talk about pomp and circumstance! Did you see the adoring crowds at the Queen’s jubilee on the Telly over the weekend?

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In London, I mean.

Where Queen Elizabeth II, despite threatening skies, continued the celebration of her 60th year as head of the British monarchy.



I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about. For heaven’s sake, what does Britain have that we don’t? A royal family?

Do we not rock the royal red as well as any royal whatshername?

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Do our Big White mirrors Embarrassed smile, not reflect queens too?

 Official Diamond Jubilee portrait of British monarch HM Queen Elizabeth IIJan. 20, 2009
ÒPresident-elect Barack Obama was about to walk out to take the oath of office. Backstage at the U.S. Capitol, he took one last look at his appearance in the mirror.Ó
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Do we not have a royal flotilla?

flotillaQueen’s flotilla on the Thames; Big Guy’s new Naval flotilla prototype: solar powered barge with unarmed F-18 Hornet

Fairy tale coaches? We’ve got ’em:

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And ours self-ignite

Orb’s and scepters?

orb and scepterThe orb represents Christian sovereignty, while the scepter beside it symbolizes the monarch's temporal power under the cross.


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I’m not sure about the Christianity and cross thing (separation of church and state you know), and it’s not clear just how “temporal” Big Guy considers his powers; butt otherwise, check – orb, scepter:     

                        Chambord by Donald Edgeobamacare scepter

So why all this nostalgia for the monarchy, a construct invented by old dead white guys? Perhaps it’s because the political class has mucked things up so badly?

During [Queen Elizabeth’s] reign – David Cameron is her 12th prime minister – respect for Britain’s political class has plummeted.

Yet the Royal Family is gaining in popularity, with seven out of ten people believing the nation is better off with the monarchy.

Tellingly, a poll yesterday found three times as many people think the Queen, for all the privilege that she enjoys, is more in touch with ordinary Britons than Mr Cameron and his senior ministers.

Odd, isn’t it, when the royals seem more down to earth than mere celebrity icons?

I wonder if one of the reasons for their rebound might be the new thrifty Royal, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Even the Queen Mum has grown fond of “...her thrifty attitude towards her wardrobe and willingness to wear the same outfit twice...” (Not thrice or fourthice (?) mind you, butt twice.)

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Although to the best of my knowledge Kate doesn’t do it in a fashion forward way like Lady M:

mo backwards blouseFool me once, shame on you; fool we twice…

Although it may already be too late for England if you believe Kyle Smith. Even frugal, grounded Royals may not be able to save the Union Jack:  Britain’s Already Dead, It Just Hasn’t Been Buried Yet.

Against the wishes of the average citizen, Britain has a government that is simultaneously abdicating its core functions and pretending to take responsibility for other duties for which it is spectacularly ill-suited. It has abandoned a proud, concrete culture in pursuit of a hazy dream of a transnational ideal. The people’s response has been to fume lightly and do nothing, because they’re British and expect things to be bad and get worse.

Quite unlike us Yanks, who tend to fume vehemently before doing nothing. Butt seriously, how does this happen? Getting a government that governs against the wishes of the average citizen I mean?

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Oh. Yeah, there’s that.

Butt we’re not gloomy like the Brits! Because we’re Americans we just continue to HOPE for a CHANGE. I HOPE this time around it’s a sea change.

any port in a storm

Because when the ship’s going down, you need more than a man with an umbrella.


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