However, there are some who are so entrenched in their views and opinions that they would rather hand victory to the republicans than see a royal they do not favor on the throne. How these people then consider themselves monarchists baffles me. What I find just as aggravating, and who I frankly refuse to deal with more often than not because of that, are those who claim that they are “monarchists” and even “more monarchist” than anyone else yet do not actually support their own monarch or monarchy. In fact, some (and I am not exaggerating) do not actually support any monarchy that currently exists in the world because they all fail to meet their rigid and lofty standards. These are the people I call “theoretical monarchists”. They may be royalists in theory but in practical terms they are really no different than the republicans they so despise. I am a simple man (probably the one thing every reader here would agree with) and I am a simple monarchist. I know I am a bit deranged, but to me, being a monarchist means you support having a monarchy; you want to maintain those that survive and restore those that have fallen. Simple as that.
|Elizabeth II -actual Queen|
Rather, it is another country near and dear to my heart where I have recently found the most adamant and vociferous “theoretical monarchists” and it is a peculiarly Catholic strand. I refer, of course, to the Kingdom of Spain. As I’m sure you all know, I have the Mad Monarchist Channel on YouTube and while I have only once or twice ever seen a comment on a video of the British Royal Family protesting their illegitimacy, any time I put up a video dealing with the modern Spanish Royal Family there will be a string of comments (or attempted comments anyway) slandering the King, the Royal Family and stressing that some Carlist pretender or another is the “real” King of Spain and their family the “real” Spanish Royal Family. Good Lord, saints and angels is this tiresome! Some may think me biased due to the fact that I *like* the King of Spain personally but I really fail to see any reason for such opposition and it severely tries my limited patience. As far as I can tell, contesting the rights of King Juan Carlos I makes even less sense than contesting the rights of Queen Elizabeth II and that makes no sense at all.
|Juan Carlos I -actual King|
This is not what I would consider monarchist behavior. Monarchists are (in my view) supposed to be loyal to the prince God gives them and sometimes that can be a real test. However, putting aside all of that, there is the practical issue that no Carlist claimant has ANY chance whatsoever of becoming the King of Spain. The one and only King of Spain is His Catholic Majesty Juan Carlos I and if he falls Spain will be a republic, not a Marxist Catholic kingdom (as favored by some Carlists) or a traditionalist Catholic kingdom (as favored by other Carlists). The only options in Spain today is the monarchy that exists or a leftist republic. If you support the King and the continuance of the Kingdom of Spain I consider you a monarchist. If you are Spanish and, for any reason, not loyal to the King, I do not consider you a monarchist in any meaningful sense of the term. You might as well be a republican for all the good your “theoretical monarchism” will do.
|Paul VI -actual Pope|
As I said, I am not the biggest fan of Pope Paul VI, but this stuff is obviously ridiculous. Just as I would say about self-proclaimed monarchists in Britain regarding the Queen or in Spain regarding the King, it seems a simple matter to me that if you are a Catholic you are loyal to the Pope, whoever that might be. If you’re not loyal to the Pope, you’re not Catholic. I certainly do not agree with everything that every monarch does but, as a monarchist, I still support them. A Catholic may not like every thing the Pope does or says but Catholics should still support him. Regarding Paul VI, I don’t like many of the changes he presided over, I certainly don’t like the gutting of the Curia, the abolition of the Noble Guard and the Palatine Guard or his discarding of the Papal Tiara. However, none of that changes the fact that he was the Pope. If the wildest stories against him are believed it would seem obvious to me that any claim to divine protection for the Church would be sacrificed.