Paul Jacob

On the other hand, it can always get worse. The county is actually named after William's seventh great uncle, Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. That William is best remembered for ordering his men to execute the surviving Jacobites after the Battle of Culloden in 1747. That earned William, the Duke of Cumberland, the majestic nickname: "The Butcher."

Is it really so quaint that the world used to be controlled by bloodlines, by monarchs with absolute power? Do we really need the deluded members of these same bloodlines running around shaking our hands and waving at us?

It just reminds me what a great thing it has been for America that we threw these royals out of our country a long time ago. And I think we did it for a really great reason: freedom.

Or, was it just because we were too "low class" to appreciate King George?

Maybe I'm a stick-in-the-mud; such royalty is mostly a tourist trap these days. But as big a fan of commerce as I am, I just don't like this trap.

Look, I don't have a long list of demands or anything. We don't have to change the name of the county. Or beg forgiveness for being of the same ethic background as other folks, who may or may not be our ancestors.

All I ask is that we not embrace the evils of power and privilege ? America's traditional political enemies, and the focus of my Common Sense e-letter ? from our past and celebrate them. Or use them to celebrate ourselves.

Even if the f? comes with a "royal heartthrob."

But perhaps ? just perhaps ? I've got it all wrong. Maybe the idea is for the Prince to visit and take part in an elaborate ceremony. He steps up to the dais. The applause calms down. He begins to speak. And before you can say "semisesquicentennial," we throw him out on his classic Windsor ear. Gently, of course. All in good fun. We're friends now, after all.

Now that would make for a fine celebration of our history.

And it would prove the Prince a great sport. It would be a sign of real class.

Let's just hope it won't cost too much.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.