Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Do None Harm
The first thing to remember about monarchies being restored is that such a thing is so rare as to be considered almost impossible to anyone living in a monarchy. That doesn't mean monarchists should ever give in, it just means that if you have a monarchy you must support it to the hilt and don't quibble or become lax or lazy because in most cases, once it is gone it is gone forever. You must consider it a life or death struggle because that is certainly how the enemy views it. If you don't believe me, just consider how many times monarchies have been replaced by republics that were either single-party republican dictatorships or by democracies which quickly adopted constitutional amendments to forbid any royal restoration. You can vote for any party, no matter how deplorable, but a royalist one and you can legally change your country to anything, even a Marxist police-state, but not even the most ceremonial sort of constitutional monarchy. Every crown strikes mortal terror into the hearts of republicans, and if you don't believe me, look at the blowhards of the news media even in the United States when they have to discuss the Royal Family (and oddly enough, you can just say "The" Royal Family in the USA and everyone will automatically know which one you are talking about).
This brings me to my main point for today that I wish all monarchists would accept and which I wish monarchies around the world would have taken up long ago and that is the promise to "do none harm". It seems simple doesn't it? Yet, so many times, it seems many leaders in monarchies and even monarchs themselves have found it difficult. If Europe had adopted such an attitude, there would have been no First World War (and thus more unlikely that there would have been a second). If France had adopted such an attitude there might be no United States today (oops!) or, let us say, perhaps the United States would be a little bit different and have a Viceroy rather than a President. It pains me to say it but the USA has directly or indirectly accomplished or aided in the downfall of a number of monarchies and efforts at restoration. Without the United States there might today be a monarchy in Mexico, a Kingdom of Hawaii, the Philippines and Cuba might (just might mind you) still share a monarchy with Spain and Laos, Vietnam and Manchuria might all have their own monarchies and Korea might still be united under a monarch (albeit a Japanese one). And, again, if monarchies would at least agree to do each other no harm, World War I and thus World War II and thus the era of de-colonization might have all been avoided and royal governments would still be the norm rather than the rarity around the world today.