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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 "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

There are also apparently some fringe right-wing Catholics who dream of a theocracy ruled by a Catholic monarch, judging by this article at

Let us hope their numbers are few and that their dreams never come to pass.


Article Comments



Jan-07-14 9:05 AM

I had no problem accessing that site without hijack ads, but hackers may have infiltrated it. Update your anti virus software and clear your cache.


Jan-07-14 9:01 AM

Human monarchs with real power have the potential to become tyrants. I saw a suggested constitution by one of these fringe Catholics that would deny all voting rights to anyone who wasn't a mainstream Christian or Jew and would prevent most people from seeking office. Only people with assets of $500,000 would hold major offices. The Pope would be the final authority. Not my idea of a just or free society.


Jan-07-14 9:01 AM

wow...I went to Andrea's 'the week' website, and they had a window pop up wanting to 'clean' viruses from my computer....


Jan-07-14 8:54 AM

Just why do some Americans want to be so much like European countries?


Jan-07-14 8:53 AM


just wanted to see how this link works when I post it....


Jan-07-14 8:39 AM

"He reached right up, shot this kid point-blank, with all intent to kill," Wilsey said. "He just murdered him flat out." Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David said the State Bureau of Investigation had been called in to investigate, as is standard in all officer-involved shootings. David said he would meet with Vidal's family, promising "that I will go wherever the truth leads in this case." "The public deserves to have a process put in place that will lead to the most just resolution," he said. Neighbors told NBC station WECT of Wilmington, N.C., that Vidal often played with their children. They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia but never harmed anyone. Vidal's mother, Mary Wilsey, told reporters that she had often tried to get help for her son's mental illness. "Why?" she asked Monday. "Why did this child have to die?"

This should be big news for awhile.


Jan-07-14 8:37 AM

...justice and insisting that their son posed no threat when he was shot. Mark Wilsey, the young man's stepfather, told reporters that the family called police to help subdue Vidal because he was holding a small screwdriver and threatening to fight his mother during a schizophrenic episode. But the situation appeared to be under control, with two officers restraining the 90-pound Vidal, when the third officer arrived and shot Vidal point-blank, Wilsey contended. "Then all of a sudden, this Southport cop came, walked in the house [and said]: 'I don't have time for this. Tase him. Let's get him out of here,'" Wilsey said. An officer used a stun gun on Vidal, "he hit the ground [and] this guy shot him," Wilsey said.

Wilsey said that when he demanded to know why his stepson had been shot, the officer replied, "'Well, I'm protecting my officers.'" "He reached right up, shot this kid point-blank, with all intent to kill," Wilsey said. "He just m


Jan-07-14 8:35 AM

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News North Carolina prosecutors promised Monday to get to the truth — "wherever the truth leads"— in the death of a mentally ill teenager whose family claims police shot him in cold blood over the weekend. Keith Vidal, 18, of Boiling Springs Lakes, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, authorities said. At least three law enforcement agencies responded after the family called for help just after noon, saying Vidal was in the midst of a schizophrenic episode. Vidal was declared dead of a gunshot wound at a hospital. Jerry Dove, chief of the Southport police, one of the responding agencies, said at a news conference that Detective Byron Vassey, a nine-year veteran of the department, had been placed on administrative leave. He wouldn't say whether Vassey was believed to be the officer who fired the shot.

Vidal's family showed up at the news conference — to which they said they weren’t invited — carrying placards, demanding justice....


Jan-07-14 7:59 AM

Your last sentence says it all... you are hoping the world continues to be this violent for all of time. God is the answer, Jesus is the message.


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