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What’s the Cure for Ailing Nations?
More Kings and Queens, Monarchists Say

New York Times, by Leslie Wayne

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Posted By:bemused conservative, 1/7/2018 10:19:17 AM

OXFORD, England — From the comfort of his country estate in Oxford, a distant relative of the Russian literary giant Tolstoy says he has the perfect solution for what ails the United States. America, he declares, needs a monarchy. In fact, Count Nikolai Tolstoy says, more kings, queens and all the frippery that royalty brings would be not just a salve for a superpower in political turmoil, but also a stabilizing force for the world at large. “I love the monarchy,” Count Tolstoy, 82, said as he sat in his lush garden behind an expansive stone house. “Most people think the monarchy is

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I´ve gotten to like Sweden´s constitutional monarchy and parliamentary system as I´ve lived here over the years. The biggest advantage of our parliament is that proportional distribution allows more parties to be represented. The 349 seats are currently held by eight different parties, from right to left across the spectrum. Congress with more than just Republicans and Democrats would work better and certainly be more interesting than how it is now.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dvc, 1/7/2018 10:28:28 AM     (No. 11502565)

Perfect solution from the viewpoint of Marxist totalitarians, who are so, so much smarter than the rest of us, so they can tell us poor fools what to do, regardless of what foolish things we might think are important in our lives.

NYT, a near perfect indicator - whatever they say you should do, do the opposite with extreme confidence.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/7/2018 10:40:19 AM     (No. 11502592)

Once had a Jesuit priest colleague, an historian, who said the best possible ruler/system of government was was a benevolent monarch.

As for Sweden, it was Swedish raiders who invaded Poland a few centuries ago, and cut off the head of a Polish princess, so they could get her amber necklace, which is on display in a Stockholm museum to this day.
Eternal condemnation, grant them, oh Lord...
(and if the Swedes didn´t do that, ...well, they could have...)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/7/2018 10:42:16 AM     (No. 11502596)

Hey dude, we do have a monarchy...535 in the congress, tons in the Executive dept and millions in the bureaucracy...

what´s not to like!/S

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 1/7/2018 11:19:30 AM     (No. 11502649)

Have to second what OP says about monarchies and parliamentary governments. I´ve lived in Belgium for the last 30 years, and find that the politics are much less strident, and the government much more benign, than in a two-party system. A king is a handy fixture to have when the country needs to send a representative to a state wedding or a ribbon-cutting ceremony - kind of like a Vice-President, but with more gold braid.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/7/2018 11:51:15 AM     (No. 11502695)

However, their "Royal subjects" were not asked about the question. How "Loyal".

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 1/7/2018 12:02:22 PM     (No. 11502717)

Time for a GenX roll call!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: EQKimball, 1/7/2018 12:18:37 PM     (No. 11502746)

If we had a king, would we welcome his daily tweets on controversial topics? Would we think it a good idea to get his views of the talk shows and politicians he does not like? What if, like Henry VIII, he changed wives as often as his underwear? If we decided that there must be a code of politically correct royal conduct, would amendments to the code be subject to the whims of Congress or of a five member commission such as the FCC? What if His Magesty overstepped? Could Congress impeach his royal arse? Or would we be stuck with him for life? Because, after all, that´s what it means to have a monarch. Perhaps--worst case scenario--if the king sufficiently annoyed us, we could throw tea in the harbor and declare ourselves independent. It worked the last time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FleetUSA, 1/7/2018 12:31:48 PM     (No. 11502765)

I´m sure the NYT and its readers are thinking of O´Bozo for king and Hi$$ary for queen.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYBruin, 1/7/2018 1:39:48 PM     (No. 11502836)

Shiela Jackson Lee agrees!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/7/2018 4:11:49 PM     (No. 11502953)

Of course Count Nikolai loves the monarchy. I would too, if I had a royal title.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MissileMan742, 1/7/2018 5:23:29 PM     (No. 11502997)

RE #7: Wouldn´t that have been the other way around?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: suedotsue, 1/7/2018 7:02:38 PM     (No. 11503041)

Less strident, that´s always the supposed benefit of monarchies and communist dictatorships. A democratic Republic is messy, upsetting, and time consuming. Multiple parties would be better than the two parties we have now (which are actually one party, Democrats, pretending to be two to fool the rubes) but not if the price tag is a monarchy. Monarchies are not benign, they´re highly political and greedy. European monarchies have been central to keeping the vicious global warming scam alive for decades, jet setting around the world to climate meetings. UK Prince Phillip´s contempt for average humans is well known.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: arcady, 1/7/2018 8:49:54 PM     (No. 11503095)

Actually, history proves the opposite. Monarchs/Dictators/Leftists/ Tsars/ Democrats/Fascists/ Socialists/Communists. They keep changing their name, to obfuscate the fact that they´re all one and the same.
And even the most cursory, honest, reading of history shows that they are what leads to the ailing of nations. The once, and very recently, extremely prosperous and vibrant Venezuela, being just the most recent example of this.
Nice try, but no dice.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Muncssister, 1/7/2018 8:59:05 PM     (No. 11503101)

Dilly Dilly #13! My recent binge on season 2 of The Crown has blown my slight and romantic curiosity with the British Monarchy into a million little pieces. (Perhaps because I am also reading actual history while watching the show...) And the upcoming royal wedding and the American media’s attempt to turn a liberal feminist divorcee into Princess Grace, barf. It may be TV drama, but the contempt for everyday people and the complete and total lack of involvement in any actual governing is most certainly depicted acutely. Expensive soap opera. Give me the mud fight that is a Republic any day.

As for Sweden, perhaps some of the appanage would be better spent combatting the 90% increase in gun violence and rape perpetrated by foreign born men.

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