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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-22-14 9:45 AM

The main problem with our government, right now, is corporate money and it's influence on the lawmakers. Our current form of government more resembles an oligarchy, than a constitutional republic. Most royals in other countries do nothing but*****off the public teet and hand wave


Jan-16-14 12:12 PM

Regarding King John, a little girl in California traced all the presidents' family trees as a school project last year and every single one of them, except Martin Van Buren, from George Washington to Barack Obama, can call King John a great-granddaddy.


Jan-16-14 12:01 PM

The problem is that we live in a society where it's nearly or completely impossible to run for President without great wealth and power behind you. That often means the candidate did come from a family with money and/or an aristocratic lineage. The vast majority of our Presidents are descended from King John of England, for instance. Families with money and status seem to hang onto it.

Interestingly, just when I had ruled out the naughty earl as the wrong ancestor for my father's side of the family, I discovered that he actually WAS an ancestor of my mother's. I bet there are many thousands of Americans who are also related to him, including some of the Presidents. Our gene pool is pretty small if you go back hundreds of years.


Jan-09-14 12:31 PM

But, of course, when you go that far back, there are bound to be all sorts of errors. Other genealogists insist that there is no connection between my particular ancestor and the people who were descended from the naughty earl and Charlemagne. They've done Y DNA tests that show the two families with the same name aren't related. It's interesting how they can trace things hundreds of years in the past and come up or disprove those connections. I'd be happier with honest farmers as my distant ancestors instead of a misbehaving royal, so I hope there is no connection.


Jan-09-14 10:05 AM

Yep. Old Genghis Khan got around. They did some Y DNA study of people in that part of the world and millions of them are probably his great-grandsons and daughters.

My alleged English earl ancestor, descendant of Charlemagne, got around a lot too and had numerous mistresses and a horde of illegitimate children. He had no legitimate kids with his actual wife, whom he tried unsuccessfully to divorce by claiming he'd had an affair with her aunt, who was a nun. We may all be descended from kings, but I think the most sinful of the lot had the most descendants. I wouldn't necessarily have cast my vote for Great-Great Grandpa Jack.

Jan-09-14 9:52 AM

I've heard Genghis Chan has millions of descendants.


Jan-09-14 9:43 AM

Actually, all of us are descended from both kings and peasants, if you go back far enough. Some researcher did a mathematical calculation that proved that all living people descended Europeans are either direct descendants of Charlemagne or are some sort of cousin of his. Most people don't do the research or their families aren't documented enough to do the research.

Someone in my grandmother's family spent a lot of time digging and came up with a family tree she says connects the ancestors to an English earl's family that was descended from Charlemagne, a few early French kings and the Rurik dynasty. By the time they arrived in America, they were Quaker farmers. I suspect anyone with early colonial ancestors also has some royal connections along with a majority of peasants. Another reason we don't need a king -- everyone is qualified to be one.

Jan-09-14 1:07 AM

Not speaking of you directly. It's funny how supposedly everyone comes from some king or high class person, yet no one comes from a peasant. No doubt most do not, but companies cannot have you pay $100 and tell you your ancestors shoveled poop. Much better to say things like you were from high class people who voted yes and moved a place away from the fair.


Jan-08-14 7:15 PM

I wouldn't make much of a queen. Too much farmer in my blood.

On the other hand, according to some of the genealogy research I've done, I can count Charlemagne and several French kings and a British earl or two among my ancestors, as well as Rurik, founder of the Rurik dynasty in Russia. But I assume millions of Americans are also descended from those people, since they lived 1,200 to 1,000 years ago. It probably isn't enough to claim a throne.

Jan-08-14 11:21 AM

I Vote YES when it doesn't cost $125,000,000.00

Jan-07-14 2:04 PM

Andrea for Queen!

You got my Vote.

Jan-07-14 2:02 PM

English muffins suck.


Jan-07-14 1:30 PM

Happy Obamacare to all Americans.. Go to work for WalMart and get a BETTER insurance plan..

For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of unions and liberal activists who have harshly criticized the company's health care plans, calling them “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and "substandard.”

But a Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart's plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare.


Jan-07-14 12:05 PM

After all we are only a little over 2000 years into this new world where happiness for all is destined to grow. Eventually all peoples will tire of fighting tooth and nail, eye for an eye like only humans can. This I Hope.


Jan-07-14 11:58 AM

Andrea... Just because people are slow to change doesn't mean we should throw away our ideals. Even though at times it doesn't look like we are doing the right things when enough time passes it usually proves even though we move blindly somehow we still ended up doing the right things. That might be hard to grasp.


Jan-07-14 11:51 AM

I also don't know why they haven't updated the letters on the website. I think they were in the paper on Sunday. Email the editor or give him a call to let him know you'd like to see them.


Jan-07-14 11:48 AM

Yeah, never click on one of those links or give them information. Closing down the browser is the only way to get rid of it, along with clearing your cache. If I were you, I'd scan your system for viruses too. I clear my browser cache every single time I'm online. I don't know if it makes a difference or not.

Early Bird, we don't live in a theocracy and not everyone follows the Ten Commandments. I'd agree that they could avoid a lot of trouble if they did but it can't be the law of the land. Of course, thou shalt not kill and thou shalt not steal are already part of criminal law.


Jan-07-14 9:55 AM

Andrea.. yeah those Ten Commandments can be a bugger sometimes. I'm pretty sure if we would all follow those ideals we wouldn't need judges or jails. When people elevate or separate themselves over or from other people is the first deception.


Jan-07-14 9:53 AM

No, just, no. The de facto royalty we already have is bad enough. No need to make it worse by codifying it.


Jan-07-14 9:33 AM

You're right, unfortunately, about the rich running this country. It doesn't need to be enshrined in the constitution, however. Religious beliefs also vary. I don't want to live under a religious dictator, even one who shares my beliefs.


Jan-07-14 9:20 AM

Wow Andrea I think we are already there, the jails hold the citizens who think and act differently than accepted and I'm pretty sure most of our elected politicians have assets of $500,000.00 or more for most of them. We have many people who try to be the final authority but we all know we will not meet the real final authority until we die.


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 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


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