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An American monarchy?
January 6, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
How would you like a king instead of a President?
"Today we need a person who can sit above politics and help strengthen our commitment to republican values," wrote Michael Auslin in a column this week in The Politico.com "We need a king, or something like one."
Auslin's main argument appears to be that the United States is so enmeshed in the culture wars and in political division that it needs someone like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to remind us of what it means to be American. It seems rather contradictory, since one of the things that makes us Americans is the lack of a king, but I suppose Auslin might have a point. i remember being rather touched when I saw a broadcast of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with the crowd outside the church singing "Jerusalem." For a moment, the people there remembered what was best about being English. Auslin's entire column can be found at http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/america-needs-a-king-101691.html#.UstBJPs3FSq
There are also apparently some fringe right-wing Catholics who dream of a theocracy ruled by a Catholic monarch, judging by this article at http://theweek.com/article/index/254690/why-are-us-conservatives-so-obsessed-with-monarchies
Let us hope their numbers are few and that their dreams never come to pass.
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