Monday, March 9, 2015

Why I Shouldn't Be King of...

Undoubtedly I am not alone in noticing how staunch republicans tend to regard monarchists as belonging to one of two extremes. Tell one of these people that you are a monarchist and they will often comeback with one of two assumptions about you. These are, that you are either a hopelessly servile and masochistic toady who loves the idea of being ruled and tyrannized by someone or that you, like every other monarchist in their view, secretly harbor dreams of being a monarch yourself. Perhaps this is because every republican secretly dreams of being president, I don’t know. However, neither is true in my book. Far from being servile and thriving on shabby treatment from those in authority, one of the traits that infuriates me the most in my fellow man is snobbery. That does not prevent one from being a monarchist as experience has shown me that there are few people more prone to snobbery than lower-class people who aspire to high society, have achieved it or who simply hate the upper-class as much as they imagine the upper-class hates them. Actual, bone-fide royals and aristocrats are often the least snobbish people.

When it comes to longing for aristocratic or royal status, again, I have not a bit of it. If I craved adulation I certainly would not be doing what I do where I receive better than ten times the number of insults as I do praise. Likewise, the idea that I would ever fancy myself a monarch is absurd. Not only because such a thing would be useless but because I know that I do not have what it takes to be a modern monarch and I know that I would be an absolute disaster if monarchial status were ever to befall me. Sticking to a schedule is excruciating for me (even my circadian rhythm refuses to be reliable), dealing politely with people who despise me is an ability I have never possessed and I have inherited an indecisive streak that would make even Nicholas II pity me. I don’t like public events, I can’t stand crowds, I find it impossible to travel anymore and I would be constantly making comments that would leave provoke a royal face-palm from even the Duke of Edinburgh. I am just not monarch material and no one is more aware of this fact than I am, I assure you. Just to demonstrate, here is a list of reasons why I would be totally unsuited for the throne of any existing monarchy in the world.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Great Britain: The UK embassy in Washington DC would be home to the world’s largest statue of King George III. If at all possible, I would try to face him toward Mt Vernon. Since I wish nothing more than for the English-speaking countries to be drawn ever closer together, this would not be a good thing for Anglo-American relations and yet, I know I would not be able to stop myself from doing it.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Spain: First visit to Mexico, I’d show up dressed like Cortes and carrying a flag. And, you know, they probably wouldn’t like that. Recently, King Felipe VI met with Martin Schulz and that highlights another reason because I could certainly never stomach shaking hands with the likes of Martin Schulz. (shudder) In dealing with certain Latin American leaders, I would not be able to stop myself at asking them to “shut up” but would probably include a string of epithets that would certainly not be conducive to Hispanic solidarity, which I would like to see more of.

Why I shouldn’t be Grand Duke of Luxembourg: I would spend all my time campaigning to be elected Holy Roman Emperor. I just couldn’t help it. Campaigning to evict the European Court of Justice from Luxembourg soil would probably also be seen as “too political” and “interfering” in government matters for current sensibilities.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Belgium: All foreign aid to the Congo would be in special currency bearing a portrait of King Leopold II. And that would be evil! They would probably also misunderstand it, assuming sympathy with atrocities carried out in his name rather than a swipe at the nature of “independent” countries being on the dole of former colonial powers.

Why I shouldn’t be King of The Netherlands: I would offer to annex any remaining Boer areas of South Africa. And I doubt that would go over well. Problems with Indonesia would also doubtless be unavoidable and I doubt the Dutch public could cash the checks my mouth would be writing -if you know what I mean. Referring, even in a joking way, to Belgium as “the Southern Netherlands” would probably also ruffle some feathers.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Denmark: The national coat-of-arms would be changed to show Reptilicus devouring Germany. And that would be weird. Hardly in keeping with the dignity and integrity of the oldest monarchy in Europe. (Bonus points to anyone playing along at home who actually knows who “Reptilicus” is)

Why I shouldn’t be King of Norway: I’m not proud of it, I don’t like to admit, but I must face facts and I have to be honest. At some point I would have to wear a helmet with two big horns on it and would constantly be threatening to raid someone.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Sweden: Constantly hitting on Finland and asking when we can get back together would probably not be considered a legitimate foreign policy. It would probably upset the Russians too.

Why I shouldn’t be Prince of Liechtenstein: I’d form a military and declare war on San Marino.

Why I shouldn’t be Prince of Monaco: I would probably bankrupt the place trying to buy Menton and Roquebrune from France. There would also be family tensions anytime Gad came up as absolutely no one is good enough for my dear Charlotte.

Why I shouldn’t be Pope: Perhaps this one shouldn’t count but the Pope is technically the sovereign of a legal state so it is included for that reason. My “Renaissance” style papacy would give the entire Catholic world whiplash after the reign of Pope Frank. Not good. Every address to the world would probably consist of me screaming, “You’re all going to burn in Hell you godless heathens!” Can’t see that winning many over honestly.

Why I shouldn’t be King of (insert name of predominately Muslim country here): I doubt an infidel monarch would last long. Aside from differences of belief, I don’t drink anymore so that’s not a problem and I can live without pork but…a whole month without being able to smoke? I would explode.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Lesotho: I would absolutely refuse to have any dealings with South Africa, which for Lesotho would make life pretty damn difficult considering that the country is entirely surrounded by South Africa.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Swaziland: Aside from how positively ridiculous I would look in the national costume, there are other aspects of life I could never adjust to. For one, I couldn’t do the whole polygamy thing. The idea of one wife is frightening enough. Good. God.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Bhutan: There is no way I could stop myself from hitting on pretty much every female member of the royal family -and that would be awkward. (seriously, they are ridiculously gorgeous)

Why I shouldn’t be King of Thailand: Constantly playing “One Night in Bangkok” would probably not be considered appropriate royal behavior. Some people are really offended by that…I know.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Cambodia: Pretty simple. On day one I would fire Hun Sen, upsetting Vietnam, end friendly relations with China and North Korea and probably be assassinated in quick order, plunging the country into chaos.

Why I shouldn’t be Emperor of Japan: I’d go to pray at Yasukuni Shrine wearing a kimono with a big rising sun on it and all the Chinese and Koreans heads would explode in a fit of rage that might start World War III. And nobody wants that. But, I’d probably also be assassinated by right-wing extremists for not going along with their ‘Japan is the only country that never did anything wrong ever’ mentality.

Why I shouldn’t be King of Tonga: After some rather rotund monarchs, having a king who looks like he was just rescued from the world’s worst POW camp would probably be too great a shock for the people of Tonga.

So, speaking for myself, I can honestly say that this monarchist would be a terrible monarch and I am under no illusions about that. From what I have seen, the same would hold true for most monarchists in the world who all too often fail to take into account the hard facts of reality that actual monarchs have to deal with. Reigning monarchs have to deal with people who despise them, they have to deal with world leaders they probably despise themselves. They have to act responsibly for all of their people and not just the ones they agree with. Even on just a superficial level, many still cling to the mistaken belief that being “king” means you can do whatever you like when, in reality, monarchs have less freedom than almost anyone. For months in advance, every minute of every day is accounted for, their every word and every action must be thought out because it could have far-reaching consequences for their countries. For most, it takes a lifetime of preparation and they must accept a level of scrutiny and selfless devotion to duty that most ordinary people could never even imagine. It is not something that just anyone can do. I know I couldn’t.

17 comments:

  1. Personally, I'd love to be a king. The grand palaces, the fine clothes, the power, the luxury, crowds of adoring subjects- I find the idea very appealing. That is how I know that I would make a terrible ruler. I think that republicans largely feel the same way, except that they are unwilling to admit it to themselves or recognise that the fact they want power so badly probably indicates they're ill-suited for it.There's something distinctly ironic about a republican, supporting a form of government that would allow anyone, themselves included, to theoretically become head of state, accusing a monarchist, a supporter of a form of government that will be its nature make it impossible for them to ever become head of state, of only supporting that form of government... Because they (the monarchist) desires to be head of state.

    As for being hopelessly servile and masochistic, well, I live in a theoretically "democratic" country and "my" elected representatives make decisions I agree with once in a blue moon if I'm really, really lucky. I've spent most of my life dependent on the whims of 51% of the voting population. I'm a slave to them as surely as I would be to any absolute monarch. I don't understand why I am any more free under a million tyrants than I would be under one.

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  2. Unless there's more than one Reptilicus I know what that is--but why would you have Reptilicus devouring Germany? That surprised me and I don't understand.

    Otherwise, I appreciate seeing a blog entry like this one on your page. I think that the revolutionary republican mindset cannot fathom why someone, acting of his own free will, would choose not to have democracy--hence the conflation in their minds of monarchism with fascism. But that's just the problem--is it really democracy if it's forced on people against their will?

    God bless you and be with you in all you do.

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    1. Germans are not terribly popular in Denmark after the repeated invasions and taking their territory stuff. It's also the only illegitimate republic bordering Denmark, so an easy target for a pan-monarchist in Denmark. But kudos to you as the *only* person so far (out of nearly 500 as of now) who knows who Reptilicus is.

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    2. I see. I guess that makes sense--and i did wonder about that.

      Yes, I saw "Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies"--and Reptilicus was one of the trailers that videocassette showed. (I haven't seen the actual movie "Reptilicus." I didn't even care that it was only a bunch of trailers, mostly of movies I'd never seen--I liked it anyway. I wish we still had it, but it's probably very hard to find now.

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    3. Oh, of course! Reptilicus is Danish! How did I not get that?

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  3. It was hilarius.... haha. Even when I think of myself as a king it would be so much awful (definately as a king of my country, Israel) and may cause immidiete diplomatic hits with most of the politicians and the world leaders and most of the time I would take the chance to denounce the modern democray and the whole that includes it and how bad politics became after the French revolution and its precceders. I imagine myself that first we will be banned from the UN (really now), nuked by Pakistan/North Korea and than I will be assasinated beacuse I bought too much ice cream and everyone would hate me and monarchy forever.

    In addition, what about making monarch profiles about Charlemagne and king Louis XIII? They are part of my favourite monarchs and very important kings of Absolutism path in France.

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    1. I need to cover Louis XVIII first but I will be getting to Louis XIII eventually. I more or less covered Charlemagne a long time ago, not exactly the standard profile but it amounts to about the same: http://madmonarchist.blogspot.com/2012/01/feast-of-charlemagne.html

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  4. "Why I shouldn’t be King of Norway: I’m not proud of it, I don’t like to admit, but I must face facts and I have to be honest. At some point I would have to wear a helmet with two big horns on it and would constantly be threatening to raid someone."

    I knew it was coming but damn if I didn't laugh.

    But in all honesty, real talk? Most monarchists I believe, become so and remain so out of, if not an admitted humility necessary to desire to bend the knee to one's liege, then out of a rational resignation. That if all else is wrong, monarchism must be right, or if not right, then more natural. In my case I struggle to think of any serious ancient religion that does not fit well with Monarchism or espouse its virtues with the exception of subversive, short lived cults (this is what definitively separated Protestantism from a great deal of heresies that came before it as it too espoused the established order), I can think of no people on this earth who did not come into their being with an inherent intelligibility regarding monarchism, even nations such as republican Switzerland who evolved into what they became is not excluded from this. Everyone implicitely understands it, as if there is something in our character as human beings that longs for it, perhaps it reflects Heaven, perhaps it is a throwback to our ape-like understanding or tribalism if you want to be reductionist about it. But at the end of the day, every man understands what it means to swear to a chief. Probably thats why republicans feel the need to destroy monarchism in all its forms including attacking the character of monarchists by insulting their manhood "You are nothing more than a sycophantic slave!" "You harbour aspirations and unworthy ambition with your heart!" "If you would kneel rather than stand then you are not a true man!" even though modern republics have made men slaves while at the same time making them aspire to greatness beyond their station that is inherently fleeting even if they achieve it while taking away everything else that would make them a man.

    Monarchists don't become so to make friends, by and large, we do it because we usually believe it is right.

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    1. I'm with you on that, the only point I would quibble with is the "making them aspire to greatness beyond their station". That may have been true once but today it seems to me that republics or the republican mentality more broadly do the exact opposite, making people comfortable with mediocrity. I think about all the countries that were once major world powers that are today content to be third-rate nobodies and all the people who are content to live on the dole rather than seeking their fortune.

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  5. I know you mean it, but it is all very amusing anyway! Thanks for a fun post.

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  6. I wonder what would happen if Britain offered to return the portrait paintings of King George III that British soldiers stole from the White House in 1814. That'd funny when there is public outcry at those paintings hung back in the White House again, but I would be secretly happy.

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  7. If you don't want to be a monarch of an existing monarchy, then why not be one of your own kingdom? Just like with Genovia of Princess Diaries or Costa Luna of Princess Protection Program. But first, establish a "micronation" of your own. And you can make your own rules and customs that you are free to adhere to without any controversy or limitations.

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  8. Your Madness, it is a sorry world that you are not king of those nations, but I at least deem you King of my heart: for when I do read your posts, after a laborious day, I give a mirthful laugh and nod my head. You may not be the Pope, the King of Swaziland, but you may tell Hugo Chaves to "shut up" whenever you want. I will not revolt or cast you out, nor will I be indignant to Your Crown; always will I smile toward the sway of Your scepter... It may not be this world, but within another intangible realm.

    ...Not to say you'd want to be a king, Your Madness -- such responsibility, and you're mad enough already.

    Here is a song for King Charles l.

    When the King Enjoys His Own Again
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN55RceP41c

    I don't doubt you'd seen it already.

    Also, a mad rant for you.

    How the environmentalists paint the world's decline as a fault of the Right, when the world had seen a massive population bloom from Communist China as it attempted to build a utopian world. I don't think the environment would be such an issue if there wasn't this population of billions, but regardless I reckon that there is a conjunction between world population and communism... Perhaps it is due to the innovation of technology, however, but I will leave it there.

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  9. Irrelevant Question: Will there be more Q&A videos?

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    1. Nope. Very few people liked them, some hated my voice so much they couldn't stand to listen. So that was a bad idea. I have done a few "Politically Incorrect History of..." videos since then but I keep it confined to YouTube and don't post them here.

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  10. Perhaps a self-proclaimed monarchy in a tiny island somewhere or leader of the "International Monarchist League" lol

    These post are the best form you :D

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  11. "I would spend all my time campaigning to be elected Holy Roman Emperor. I just couldn’t help it." But what if you WERE elected Holy Roman Emperor? You should do a series on how you would fair on the thrones of some extinct monarchies!

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