May 20th, 2007

Dead Dog Cat

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I heard a fellow (author of a book called On Royalty) make a very interesting observation on the usefulness of the Royal Family in Britain.

In the US, it's not unusual for a President to "wrap himself in the flag", i.e. tell folks that they should do whatever he says because not doing so would be un-American, or treasonous. In other words, he explicitly states that he is the nation, rather than a politician who managed to manipulate things to get to his position.

In Britain, they actually have an embodiment of the nation in the Queen (or King, as time may later show). She receives the adulation of the nation, while her Prime Minister has to get down and dirty, and actually persuade the nation to follow his lead, rather than play solely on their nationalistic feelings. Seems a good reason to keep the Royal Family around, then.