Royal Weddings and State Funerals
No Pomp and No Titles of Nobility
Most noteworthy our constitution forbids granting of titles of nobility. Furthermore Alexander Hamilton called this the cornerstone of the Republic.
Why No Royalty In The US?
The real founders of this country did something that had never been done before. Our constitution guarantees the sovereignty of the people.
We The People Are The Nobility. Not The Politicians!
Moreover We the people ARE sovereign. Americans don’t need royalty.
In contrast, leave it to the media and the politicians to create a backdrop to make them seem like royalty.
Mediocre Politicians Should Not Be Hailed As National Heroes
These days a mediocre politician who dies can’t just be a guy who lived a full life and served his country. The loss is a national tragedy. The deceased was a “contemporary founding father“, or a “Hero”. Hence, Bush and McCain funerals carry all the trappings of American Imperial Nobility.
Settling Scores At Funerals Is Bad Form
Even more offensive to me is the penchant some of these people have to settle political scores.
We are submitted to an endless stream of mind numbing stories about politicians who won’t talk to other politicians. Or reports on what clothing was worn and how it was received and and so on.
The Media loves these royal funerals. Funerals mean big ratings.
Consequently politicians love funerals. Above all, they love the chance to be seen being seen. I’ve never met a politician who will miss a funeral.
A Macchiavellian world without principle
Truth is we’re lauding men and women who came up in a system which demands loyalty. The rules in politics are, never refuse a favor. Dance with the one who brung ye. Be a good boy. Good boys get rewarded. Long political careers sand away the rough edges and principles.
Is This What We Want?
Finally these days people complain a lot about politicians. The people say their representatives don’t listen and aren’t true to their word.
Then we have John McCain, who torpedoed the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Remember, the republican majority, and the president ran on repeal legislation. This is heroism?
In conclusion I think we should remember, no matter how high the media holds them up, even presidents are chosen by the people. We delegate our sovereign authority to them. It’s not the other way around.
They are not Caesars.