Saturday, December 13, 2014

Royalmania and more

  • Takimag: That old feudal spirit. Gloriously politically incorrect thus true: Americans are still crazy about the British royals because we are at base still the same people. After all, we speak English! (Interestingly, given how long ago America was settled, which is why we sound different from most British countries, American didn't become a separate language like Afrikaans from Dutch.) Like why we defended Australia during World War II when the British couldn't anymore: they are family. Here, "the royal family" or "the royals" (outside of baseball) only refers to one family: The Windsors are our royal family. The "special relationship" idea only dates from World War II, politically, as the empire really shifted from Westminster to Washington. For most of our history, until World War I, we were at odds with Britain politically, fearing them as a threat to our independence. (Even in the '20s there was a naval arms race and the countries had last-ditch secret plans if war broke out: respectively, invade Canada and hold out in Canada until the British came to the rescue.) But back in the 1800s, when Prince Albert imported the Christmas tree from his native Germany, pretty soon most Americans had them too. Upper-class late-1800s American families married off their daughters into the British nobility, such as Winston Churchill's mother. Because the "one people" argument is out of style ("Racist!"), white Commonwealth monarchists often use a practical one: a weak head of state (one who's literally far away and doesn't meddle) means you're freer than under a native president. (But their version of a republic would keep the British parliamentary system; the president would be a weak figurehead, the current governor-general, who's always a native now, under a new name, only the Queen would be out of the picture, off the money, etc.) A picture is worth a thousand words: two generations of marriages to attractive women guarantee Britain and the dominions (Canada, Australia, etc.) won't become republics any time soon.
  • Fr. Lawrence Farley on Orthodox liberals. Basically, the only thing keeping American Orthodox in line is their unique selling point of remaining liturgically in the '50s: no Novus Ordo. But for how long will that hold? Beneath the old liturgy and Anglicanish credal orthodoxy, there's not much there. We define ourselves by the Fathers. Uh, so did the old high-church Anglicans.
  • Policeman: "I stopped caring today." Demonized by the liberal media and misused by the state, cops still care. Thanks for guarding the approaches to my town in your squad cars at 1 in the morning.

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