Wednesday, May 30, 2012

No Way...


Why UK should abolish its 'failed' monarchy

Sure. We get some duds, sometimes, like the one coming up, for example, but for me the British Royals are a symbol of a long and glorious history. It's one of the oldest institutions in the world, if you ignore the brief period following Chucky-Pooh the First losing his head.

 I find the palace intrigue of the old days and the distant cousins, grandsons, from all over Europe, vieing for the job, to be just a fascinating study of European history. 

History is important. It tells us who we are and where we've come from. I don't think you can put a price tag on that. 

Besides, Great Britain has survived all these years without a written constitution guaranteeing citizens' rights. But they do have a marvelous tradition of the rule of law.

What they should get rid of is their guilt tripping about the British Empire.  As empires go, you can count yourself lucky if you were colonized by that one. Other empires haven't been so beneficent.

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

"As empires go, you can count yourself lucky if you were colonized by that one." Hear, hear! Whatever attributes of modern civilization the former British colonies have is entirely due to Britain's colonization. For a number of the ex-colonies, it's obvious they were better off, far better governed, with individual freedoms and free enterprise under the rule of law, under British colonial government.

May 30, 2012 9:17 am  
Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

And another thing, Britain's greatest gift to human civilization was the English Common Law. Presumption of innocence, trial by jury, due process of law, legal rights that even the sovereign may not ignore, rules of evidence, rules of procedure, etc., etc.

Tell that to the Western Civ-hating leftards, or maybe they'd rather live under Chinese law, or North Korean law, or Russian law, or Zimbabwean law, or Sharia law, etc., etc.

June 03, 2012 11:09 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

I'm also thinking one of their greatest gifts was almost incidental, rather than deliberate, and that was a universal language.

Just about every educated person in the world speaks, writes or reads or is learning to speak, write or read the English language as a first or second language.

I would think that will be a good thing for future generations.

English is also the language of technology and together they bring the world together, with due thanks to Al Gore, of course.

June 03, 2012 11:26 pm  

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