in American Charles Coulombe (though he’s too Blue for this Red Tory!), a couple brief, interesting articles:

  • The Monarchy in Australia,” written before the republic referendum, mostly regarding the ‘orthodox’ forms of religions, and monarchy.  I note especially (and with apology to Pacific Islanders), “For in the end, the greatest argument in the world on the issue at hand remains this: these United States are the most powerful nation in the world, and they are a republic. It matters not that, save ourselves {sic!} and Switzerland, the world’s republics sway giddily between chaos and despotism. In the face of all reason and logic, and even though it is generally understood rather than stated, here is the heart of the matter. Really though, it is a sort of Cargo Cult approach to politics. Instead of building an imitation airstrip so that phantom cargo planes bearing goods will come, the Keatingites would build an imitation republic, sure that ‘nationhood’ whatever that may be, will follow.”
  • and “In Defense of Monarchy,” a general USA-eye-view survey of the question.  Although given the abuses of some if not many U.S. Presidents – especially the (alleged) incumbent – I’m not so sure I want even a good king or queen regnant to have as much power as they!  What’s painfully clear from the last six years is that the mere “power of the purse,” even the power of impeachment and removal, are not sufficient checks on corruption and authoritarianism.  But he goes over some familiar territory – including all the great ironies – in unique ways!  I note especially, One of the major roles of the monarch is as ultimate guardian of the law….  It has rarely happened in this century, but on several occasions, where prime ministers have tried illegally to hold on to power, or to void their respective constitutions, such as in 1930s Italy, the sovereign or his representative has acted decisively to maintain the rule of law. In other cases, where the political classes have been unanimous in their support of or opposition to a measure against the interests of the people, such as in 1990s Thailand, the sovereign has raised his voice, when no one else could speak….  If anything, if the institution is ever to regain its effectiveness, kings must begin to act in regard to politicians not as if they were the chosen servants of the people of legend and tale, but what they are: the governing caste, whose interests frequently run counter to those of the folk from whose votes they claim to derive legitimacy.”  I also didn’t know Washington kept post-Communist, Orthodox Romania, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia from restoring their monarchies.  Shameful internal interference in societies Americans don’t understand!

We could’ve been Canada!

King George III and Parliament sent the Carlisle Commission to the rebellious colonies less than two years after July 4, 1776, proposing

  • to agree to nearly all rebel demands and complaints,
  • to recognize their Continental Congress as a legal and permanent body of the [Protestant] “British states throughout North America” (no longer colonies or provinces, but “states,” suggesting each one’s “British” sovereignty!… in retrospect, a ‘Dominion’ more like early Australia with its States, than earlier Canada with its Provinces),
  • representation of the “states” by “agents” in Parliament, and of “Great Britain” in State “assemblies,” for their mutual interests,
  • “a perfect freedom of legislation and internal government” for each State,
  • and military alliance,

“so that the British states throughout North America, acting with us in peace and war, under our common sovereign, may have the irrevocable enjoyment of every privilege that is short of a total separation of interest, or consistent with that union of force, on which the safety of our common religion and liberty depends.”

But since the rebels had just concluded an alliance with France – “absolutist,” monarchist, Catholic France, the Ancien Regime – with whom they had been talking since before July 4, 1776, and for whose benefit they had even passed their joint Unilateral Declaration of Independence, their Congress insisted on nothing short of complete independence… and five more years of bloody, destructive war, political and ideological ‘cleansing’ – civil war, really – etc etc.

Interesting reading.  Tragic.

(Glad to note that WordPress has found a way to include bullets in bullet lists now!  🙂  )

Va. Tech questions

Totally politically incorrect.

  1. Will parents tell their kids not to pick on other kids, for fear they might turn around and shoot them someday?
  2. Can research determine if there’s any correlation between amount or degree of relational/sexual intimacy, and intensity of stalking/violence against college women by (ex-)boyfriends?
  3. Can we get some real Gun Control around here now?!!!

A form of justice for Sand Creek (Colo.) Massacre Indian victims

Russia Gets its own Fox News

Sort of.  I would’ve commented there, but got this “Invalid key” thing that WordPress Help isn’t responding on.  (Starting to act like Blogger, guys!!!)

The blogger seems to think democracy is alive here in the States thanks to John Adams.  Well, it may have been (though as a Red Tory I doubt it even then), but it certainly died by 12/12/2000, Constitutional Memorial Day, if not long before.

New tallest building in America proposed for Chicago

Maybe Prince Charles is right: ugly as sin.  Why must architects inflict this kind of crap on the public?!!!  Not to mention easy terrorist targets, that one and the new one at the WTC in NY.

And this is the WINDY City!

(Not the winding city!)

‘Conservative’ MP proposes WWW censorship in Canada

See this blog.

Not that it has a snowball’s chance, even in the Great White North!  Her ruling party (not truly classically-conservative, as I’ve said many times before) may have a plurality in the House of Commons, but far from a majority, and they don’t control the Senate, which hasn’t ceased to be a House for “sober second thought” (yet).  And anyway, Private Members’ Bills are rarely enacted in Canada, even from within the Prime Minister’s party, especially from back-benchers.

Anyway, there’s really no need; other laws aplenty cover this stuff.  And constitutionally: c’mon, the Minister of Industry turned into a deputy Attorney General?  Real bad idea.