October 1st, 2020

Putting royals on phony pedestals diminishes everyone else

By Letter to the Editor on March 13, 2020.

No one is royal. It’s all made up. Kings, queens, princes, princesses, earls, dukes, etcetera are humans with the same anatomy as everyone. None of them is superior to you or me.

Harry and Meghan want to ditch royal duties. They’re annoyed by lack of privacy in the U.K. Let them be anonymous in Canada, then; perhaps live incognito in Ralston. No perks, no security, no pageantry and no living off Canada’s public teat.

When a royal bleeds, their blood is red. They have the same blood types as non-royals. They are biologically the same as other human beings. Nothing special. Nothing to bow, curtsy or genuflect to.

The Divine Right of Kings is bogus. Hereditary titles are BS. The American Constitution declares, “All persons are created equal.” So a drug-addicted street person has as much human value as Queen Elizabeth II and you and me.

I have nothing against any so-called royals as persons, but they are not special except that money and privilege have made them so. Lifting royals onto phony pedestals diminishes the value of everyone else.

Monarchies are anachronistic vestiges of superstition from a time when religion and politics were one. Church and state were separated for good reasons. Theocracies lead to dictatorships where self-important crackpots appoint themselves eternal leaders. It’s virtually identical to hereditary monarchy.

The British monarchy should devolve and dissolve after Queen Elizabeth II dies. All the modern monarchy is good for is fodder for muckrakers and fawning gawkers who diminish their human value by groveling. Royalty needlessly draws taxpayer money that could be better spent elsewhere.

If you need royalty to bolster your national and personal pride it is hubris, not true pride. Royalty is fake and should be abolished.

For reference, see the Autonomous Collective sketch from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Ray Marco

Dunmore, Alta.

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