She’s beautiful, she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there – First Lady, Barbara Bush
I don’t want to concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because I don’t think the majority of Americans don’t want to put up with the blue-bloods — and I want to say it will all due respect because I love the Bushes — the blue-bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition – Sarah Palin
Recently, right before the Iowa caucus, President George H.W. Bush endorsed Mitt Romney as the man to be next Republican nominee for president of the United States. Mitt Romney had actively lobbied for this endorsement, and finally received it.
Why Mitt Romney thinks that an endorsement from President George H.W. Bush would be beneficial in a Republican Primary says a lot about the lack of understanding Mitt Romney has about the current conservative movement that recently voted a Republican majority into Congress. Most conservatives believe President George H.W. Bush betrayed the Reagan revolution and that he simply was a RINO, a Republican In Name Only.
But perhaps Mitt Romney knows something that most Republican voters don’t: it is the Republican establishment who will determine the next nominee. Or is it? With the power of the Bush political machine and all the kings’ men, perhaps a President George H.W. Bush endorsement will go a long way. And if Mitt Romney will become the next Republican nominee, don’t be surprised to see him select Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida, to be his Vice Presidential running mate.
But would it disturb any Republican voter to know, especially a Tea Party Republican, that President George H.W. Bush received, and accepted, a knighthood in 1993 from the Queen of England? I don’t know if President George H.W. Bush had to kneel or bow down to her, but how any US President can accept a knighthood in good conscience, I don’t understand. The Founding Fathers, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights goes against everything the British Monarchy, or any monarchy, stands for.
Much blood was spilled on American soil to prevent a monarchy style of government to rule over the free colonists. The founding fathers committed their own life to prevent a British style monarchy, with its divine rights of kings and caste system, to take hold in America. The whole nobility theory that a person’s worth is determined by his last name, i.e., by his bloodline, was exactly what the founding fathers sought to escape from. In England, the common man, the commoner, was considered a subject to the crown. In essence, his life belonged to the crown, and he was treated as such.
The Founding Fathers, who were greatly influenced by John Locke, came to the belief that the individual is a sovereign being.
It was John Lock who reintroduced the Aristotelian tabula rasa theory, which said that a man was born with a blank state, i.e., that he was born without content, without innate ideas and inherent worth. This led to the theory that man was an individual, since he was born with an individual conscience, and it was up to each man to acquire his knowledge in the pursuit of happiness as part of the enlightenments process. Hence the birth of the term individual rights (a term rarely heard in today’s collectivist society where it is the norm to check a racial box on a job application or a college entry application).
Furthermore, to create a new nation, and to set the individual free from royal tyranny, the founders deemed any citizen who was born in the US to be a US citizen by birth. This is called Jus soli. As newly born US citizens, they were not British subjects under the crown and hence its jurisdiction.
The whole nobility theory is what led to, and what justified, racism and anti-Semitism. The idea that one’s family, one’s pedigree, or race was the basis on how one was to be judged, justified the Nazis to uphold their ideal that if one wasn’t a pure-bred Aryan, one was inferior and unworthy. A man such as Albert Einstein, for instance, was viewed not for what he was capable of, but simply that he was a Jew, and that made him a second-class citizen in the Weimar Republic (and later an eligible subject for extermination).
Unfortunately, these bloodline theories are still dominant in the world today. Today, in Japan, for example, children born to Korean parents on Japanese soil, who have never visited another country and whose only life was spent in Japan, and whose only spoken language is Japanese, cannot receive Japanese citizenship — simply because they do not have “Japanese blood.” This is known as Jus sanguinis. Same is true with immigrants residing as permanent residents in the UAE who are not of the Arab States of The Gulf, i.e., of “non-Arab blood.” In Malaysia if one is not a of the Malay race, one, even though a citizen, is considered a second-class citizen and is legally treated as such.
It is therefore hard to believe that any US President would sanction the political system or the establishment of monarchy by accepting a knighthood.
For the British monarchy, on the other hand, it is beneficial. When a US President accepts a knighthood, it validates the whole theory of inherent worth and nobility. And it justifies the existence of a monarchy — which is the public relations that a monarchy needs to survive.
Unfortunately, most Americans seem to have forgotten the evils of what a monarchy represents. Notice that when Prince William and Kate visited Hollywood after their marriage, how American celebrities were falling over themselves to attend their party. Perhaps it was at the behest of Steven Spielberg, who was also knighted by the Queen of England. But to be fair, and to connect Washington DC and Hollywood, so was former President Ronald Reagan (Yes, very disappointing).
Fortunately, the United States still, overall, judges an individual as an individual. Actually, this is what is really great about the United States and which, even today, is so rare around the world.
Nevertheless, there is a creeping political caste system that seems to be emerging in the United States.
The Republican establishment today (and the Democratic establishment as well) is not dominated by men of ideas, but by men of social position and prestige. These men are America’s new royal class. And winning the White House for them is not about restoring the US to its Constitutional ideals and freedoms, but rather about handing-out ambassadorships, appointments and other high federal positions: to friends, ex-Senator friends, ex-Secretary of State now foreign lobbyist friends, and friends of the family, and friends of friends from the high society charity ball, etc. For men such as these, winning the White House is about winning the gravy train and becoming the toast of the town.
Hopefully, the Republican party will once again become a party of the people, and that will be nominate men with a profound understanding and appreciation of the founding fathers, and with a vision for America that goes beyond social ambition and a teleprompter.