Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

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Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Saturday, 9 February 2008

The People and the Crown

Now, it is common in the history of the world's monarchies that the biggest enemy of the Crown tends to be pointed out as the general masses. This is, in my honest opinion, a great mistake.

The history of the institution of monarchy seems to dictate that monarchies thrive when the masses support them. When the cries and shouts of loyalty are given willfully, great countries rise to the world stage. This is hardly a republican-limited phenomenon. It is, indeed, a universal factor in all forms of government.

So why, I would ask, do we not try to appeal to the masses?

Though I am not a citizen of any Commonwealth country, I can honestly say that I feel as much attachment to the Crown as any British-born Loyalist. Maybe it's misguided guilt, fueled by the fact that I feel the need to redeem my ancestor's traitorous acts against Elizabeth I; or maybe it's the belief that though I am just one of a greater mass, the Crown represents me, too.

This is a feeling that, I'm sure, most children are raised with. It is my strong belief that all peoples of the Commonwealth are born and bred Loyalists, but when the time comes that they enter their teenage years, they become sucked in by the louder and more visually apparent republican cause. Their loyalty is then degraded and corrupted into a deformed sense of belonging to a country that does not exist, bound together by ties that are not apparent.

In order to defend the Crown effectively, most pro-Monarchist societies have attempted to stay out of the brawl-and-tumble methods that the republicans have used to appeal to the common man. This defensive stance, however, has done nothing but harm the Royalist cause. The people, history has showed, respect only those who fight for what they believe in aggressively. No worthy cause has ever been won on the defensive. Even Indian independence was achieved by an aggressive policy of both passive and active resistance.

To that end, I submit to all monarchists, and leaders of monarchist associations, that a new direction be taken in the defense of the Monarchy. Rather than hold up our proverbial shields and wait out the republican attacks, ought we not to take up our proverbial arms and meet the republicans on the field? At least then, whatever the outcome, we can proudly say that we gave it our all.

But how do we proceed in order to achieve this aggressive policy of pro-Monarchism? Well, we emulate the Republicans' methods. Host rallies, distribute pamphlets, organize marches, get face-time on national television broadcasts. In essence, show the Republicans that, contrary to their belief, the monarchist movements are far more popular than they appear. That we aren't outdated, reactionary old men clinging on to a dying tradition.

Nothing is gained through complacency, and as much as many of the more conservative of us hate to admit, the proletariat is one of the most important and crucial factors in preserving the power--nay, the very existence of the monarchy.

God Save the Queen, and her Heirs.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I humbly rescind my earlier pessimism about you, good sir. A well crafted post indeed. I most emphatically agree

Juan Tolentino said...

Well, I humbly rescind my earlier pessimism about you, good sir. A well crafted post indeed. I most emphatically agree with you about the "common masses", who have more to benefit from the existence of the monarchy then they realize.

Okay, now I'm curious as to which "ancestor" you're referring to, but I suppose you will reveal such details in due time.

Lord Best said...

Left wing intellectuals love to think they speak for the masses, on account of their superior intellects, and of course anyone in the masses who does not share their opinion is an aberration and should be ignored, or re-educated.

Neil Welton said...

Another excellent and most observant posting - my very dear Marquis Black. Keep them coming, keep them coming. It saves me having to post quite so much. :-)

"Rather than hold up our proverbial shields and wait out the republican attacks, ought we not to take up our proverbial arms and meet the republicans on the field? At least then, whatever the outcome, we can proudly say that we gave it our all. But how do we proceed in order to this aggressive policy of pro-Monarchism? Well, we emulate the Republicans' methods. Host rallies, distribute pamphlets, organize marches, get face-time on national television broadcasts."

If I may be so bold, I think you'll find it's easier said than done. For there be "outdated, reactionary old men" who, when you suggest ideas, huff, puff and light a cigar and say "no need to do any work old boy - just take your pay - for the British people will never get rid of the Monarchy because, if they tried to, we would call out The British Army and shoot them all dead".

Something "to consider" over "a light lunch" in Surrey.

Rather than ask what other people are doing - it is perhaps better to ensure you are doing something. Which, of course, you are - upon here. Alternatively, you could write letters or pay for and distribute leaflets.

Neil Welton said...

After posting this comment I won't be able to post here for a while because of silly meetings - why on Earth should work interfere with my blogging? :-)

Thus if you leave comments, don't think I'm being rude!

I will be back on the weekend.

Marquis Black said...

Neil, I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with the logistical problems of organizing what I'm suggesting, but all I'm doing is suggesting and proposing that it's not unfeasible. While I would love to write and distribute pamphlets, as a private citizen, I do not yet have the funds that such a feat would require.

Juan Tolentino -- I have the dubious honor of being related to John Ballard, the Jesuit priest who instigated Babington and his merry band of traitors to attack the Queen.