Johnny lucas his royal wedding plans | canada news report
Post on 31-May-2015
DESCRIPTIONWe have royal this and crowns adorning little thats from coast to coast. Their plenitude has rendered them invisible and our fondness for that inefficient method of government, democracy, has rendered them meaningless. And our taste for equality has made them offensive, at least to some of us.
- 1. The Royal Wedding: Yippe, Bah Humbugby Johnny LucasBah Humbug is a perfectly understandable reaction to the royal wedding, so is Oh boy, oh boy.If you lived in the days of ancient Rome and the future Caesar was getting married in an extravagantpageant, costing millions, giving the populace an official day away from their drudgery and toil, andbringing out the complete collection of Imperial paraphernalia as well as attracting rulers fromthroughout the known world, might you not be inclined to pop your head in ?If you could see into the future and knew that the days of the Imperial Caesars were numbered and thatthe whole thing would soon be relegated to the history books and the corresponding dustbin of history,would you not be more motivated to show up?The monarchy is not important to me, but I know it is to some people. I also know that its days arenumbered. I want to see the emotion it elicits at the heart of it all. I wont be in the Abbey (I guess myinvitation got lost in the mail) but I will be in London in Tredegar Square with a group of monarchistsand republicans (thats English for abolitionists) all of whom get along and all of whom have deeplyrooted feelings about the institution and the fertility rite that it is now trying to appropriate with theevent on April 29. I want to see and feel that in London, ground zero of the monarchy.In a heartbeat I would vote for the abolition of the monarchy in my country, Canada. My hostility to itsomehow makes the institution more precious to me because I am pretty sure that Im on the winningside of this trend. The monarchy in Canada is not going to be around forever, but it has had a great runhere. When the country was being developed the very thought of Queen Victoria was the single mostunifying force we had. Before her, some of my ancestors came up from the States after their revolution.They were known as United Empire Loyalists, the party line being that their overwhelming loyalty tothe Crown impelled them to move. Fatigue with being tarred and feathered, free land and theopportunity to be robber barons in virgin territory was just incidental.Canada is littered with reminders of the monarchy and probably will be until the next ice age. There ishardly a member of the royal family that does not have a city such as Victoria, an island such as PrinceEdward, a lake such as Louise or a province, such as Alberta named for him or her. We have royalthis and crowns adorning little thats from coast to coast. Their plenitude has rendered them invisible
2. and our fondness for that inefficient method of government, democracy, has rendered themmeaningless. And our taste for equality has made them offensive, at least to some of us.But who can think of such heavy thoughts when the bling of a thousand years is about to be trucked outand heaped on two youngish people in an attempt to perpetuate this greedy old dying beast that itspoignant.And besides, its happening with or without me; better I should be part of the magic while I can.