Paul Jacob

Contrary to the monarchy pushers in the media, many Americans remain . . . well, if not fed up with this froufrou, at least uncharmed by Her Unjust Privilegeness. On Thursday in Richmond, 30,000 people were expected to come see the queen. Barely 7,000 showed.

Curse progress if you must, but the divine right of royalty doesn’t really resonate much any longer.

Face it: Queens are bad. And kings are as bad or worse. In concept as well as reality.

Oh, sure, Elizabeth II cannot summarily execute folks anymore, I do actually realize that. Pass the popcorn. But is there some reason to celebrate that her kin used to have such power and indeed exercised it?

Even more revolting are the attempts to marshal the queen as some sort of moral exemplar. Elizabeth II visited Jamestown, where African slaves were first brought into the colonies in 1619, and she had a few words to say about racial reconciliation and the “melting pot” America has become.

Great, as far as her words went. But are we really not supposed to notice the connection between the concept of slavery and England’s sad history of glorifying the idea that people from certain bloodlines should rule over other people, with different (perceived to be lesser) blood running through their veins?

Nothing personal against Liz Windsor, the woman. She seems like a decent human being, as far as one can tell from video of someone smiling and waving while being fawned over. But, then again, if her conscience weren’t held in hock to a thousand years of sick tradition, wouldn’t she quit and get a real job?

The best excuse for maintaining a monarchy is as part of a tourist trap. We Americans can readily appreciate the desire to make a buck. But do it like Disney World, for goodness sake. Hire the best Mary Poppins or Donald Duck or Queen Elizabeth you can find at the right price.

Or pay some leery young kid minimum wage to don a queen suit.


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.