Thursday, November 03, 2005

Prince Charles and Camilla's Visit to the US

With all the media glitz and glare this visit has been given by CNN and the rest of the main stream media, I thought it may be important to remind people that we ditched the English royalty in the late 1700s. What would our founding fathers think of us paying such media fanfare to lackluster despots? Here's what Thomas Jefferson thought in our Declaration of Independence:

We... solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiances to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.

I'm guessing Thomas Jefferson would have been just a tad bit dissapointed to see crowds of people waiting to recieve Prince Charles and Camila; waiting to cheer them on. He would have been dissapointed to see CNN dedicate hours of their time towards covering this event.

Today's reality may be different than the Declaration of Independence's reality. British royalty no longer hold real political power; the British are again our friends; and the Paparazzi, not our government, have half the world's population worshipping the British crown (so how could we blame Americans?).

However, the truth behind Thomas Jefferson's words still ring loudly. There is no place in America for despots to be cheered by crowds of hundreds as they tour our country. It is the antithesis of the American idea and dream. Prince Charles and Camilla are not some idols to look up to; they didn't earn their place in society, they were born into it. It's one thing to be born into money and just be lucky, it's completely different to expect crowds of people - in a foreign country - to cheer them on wherever they go as if it were a genetic right. During the American Revolution, crowds of people likely would have hung them on a noose rather than cheered them on. They were born despots, Kings or Princes, the overlord of a people; at least we elect ours! If the British like their crown, that's fine, but over 200 years ago we rejected it; let's not revert.

If today's British Royalty wish to visit America, that's fine, but it isn't an important enough event to warrant hours of time dedicated to it on one of the few TV news networks. People shouldn't be following them around like sheep, as if Charles were their Prince and Camilla their soon to be Queen. After all, this is the land of the free, where all people are created equal.


Joe Schlieff said...

I can't even tell you how much I agree.

Ryan Adams said...

Sadly, the visit has only been given more media attention - especially since they visited the White House. I'm sure the media will continue to follow them because, clearly, it sells.

The worst part of it though is the fact that there are so many news worthy events going on right now. This is one of the most politically important times this President has faced so far during his Presidency, the media should be paying much more attention to it.

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