Skip to comments.Elizabeth II leaves a longing in her wake
Posted on 05/09/2007 11:27:05 AM PDT by JZelle
Americans got the royal treatment for 144 hours, give or take a few minutes. But it's all over. Queen Elizabeth II is gone, along with her beribboned hats, sensible pumps and kindly civility that commanded the attention of 700 dithering journalists, the White House and the citizenry itself.
Our nation will never have a queen. But we liked this one just fine. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released yesterday found that eight of 10 of us favor the British monarch -- more than British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who garnered 70 percent, and Prince Charles at 62 percent. The survey of 1,028 adults also revealed that 41 percent of us thought we'd be better off with a royal family.
Still, there was an awful lot of telltale hubbub over curtsying and protocol during the six-day visit, which ended as the queen thundered out of Andrews Air Force Base last night aboard a custom jet, accompanied by three tons of luggage and 35 attendants.
"This is no simple flash-in-the-pan celebrity watch. Americans are drawn to the queen's calm demeanor and her basic etiquette -- respect, consideration, honesty," said manners maven Peggy Post, spokeswoman of the Vermont-based Emily Post Institute.
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" "People have seen too many Disney movies about royalty, I fear," said writer Paul Jacob, a consultant for the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance. "Americans should not be celebrating royalty. ... How can we celebrate someone who thinks they're better than anyone else because of their bloodlines?" Elizabeth, he said, is the "antithesis" of what America stands for. Mr. Jacob also questioned Buckingham Palace's decision to send 15 protocol consultants to these shores before a whiff of royalty was even in the air. "For someone to hold this lofty position and enjoy the monetary rewards of it in the 21st century is amazing. It is time we all said 'enough.' This," Mr. Jacob added, "is Britain's biggest insanity." "
My sentiments exactly!
Aren't they why America was started in the first place? The part about 41% wanting royalty here really scares me.
The Royald Family endures in Britain as a tourist attraction. And there is an undeniable tradition involved in a family that can trace their lineage back to King Egbert in the 9th century.
No, Mr. Jacob, this is Britain's biggest tourist draw.
I certainly would be horrified at the idea of a royal family here--my word, we're close enough with the Clintons, Kennedys, and Bushes! But in the case of the UK, the royal family and aristocracy with their houses, carriages, art, sports, and other perqs draws millions of tourists from all over the world. Let's face it, tourists don't go to the UK for the skiing, beaches, or food; they go for history, castles, great gardens, and the chance to see the people who made all of the preceding. In the long run the royals are a good investment, silly as they may be sometimes, and the British people know that.
“Aren’t they why America was started in the first place? The part about 41% wanting royalty here really scares me.”
I’ve said it before, there seems to be something built in to some people, (a lot of people), to wish for a monarch. Look at what we watch... used to be “Lifestyles of the rich and famous”, now it’s MTV’s “Cribs”.
Group dynamics. People want to establish a pecking order. With a royal family, the pecking order is established, and clear. Very attractive to those weakminded souls who wish for a royal family.
The worst part is, our presidency is being transformed into a de facto royalty. People want the president to be King or Queen. Think of Kennedy and “Camelot”. I also think it’s a big part of “Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton”.
In America, we have to let stupid people vote.
The monarch in and of itself is not the reason for the Revolutionary War. Remember most colonists wanted to stay with England. After the war, there was much discussion about having a King which was ultimately dismissed.
I agree. The problem in America today is that people have forgotten how to be polite.
‘My sentiments exactly!’
Yes, it’s terrible when somebodies bloodlines help them gain power or money. What an amazing coincidence that a father and son both became president out of 300m people! What are the odds of that? :D
Well said! Good luck with Brady Quinn!! ;)
The entire manufactured 'flap' over the interaction between the queen and our president was so contrived I wondered when they would produce some faux-poll to say Americans want royalty.
Sheesh, REAL Americans want FREEDOM. Anyone who doesn't yearn for freedom deserves their chains.
One glace at England should be enough to dissuade the sheeple from admiring a monarchy.
We are! It scares me when people would like to see Jeb Bush in the White House in 2008 scare me more. So many politicans are now forming family dynasties. Name recognition trumps achievement these days. Like Bush or not, no one can honestly say he would have been considered to run for the Governor of Texas if his father wasn't President.
The biggest problem with this is lack of real life experience that will make people hold onto their convictions. Even the biggest Bush supporters must be disappointed that he has been MUCH less conservative that originally hoped.
As for the Queen, she has class and is very shrewd.... something that was not passed down to her idiot son, who pimps Islam and global warming.
Charle Krauthammer’s comments about this on Hume’s Special Report were hilarious, and dead on accurate.
Especially when the son's prior credentials and acheivements could be fit on a 3"x5" index card.
Any other non-sequitors you'd like to add?
Any other non-sequitors you'd like to add?
” And there is an undeniable tradition involved in a family that can trace their lineage back to King Egbert in the 9th century”.
As Jonnie Rotten so eloquently put it, "Those tourists are money!"
I bet the Clintons long for a monarchy and wish it was them.
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