Long live the Queen | The Spectator Australia
Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrates a peaceful 70-year reign.
This makes her the third longest-serving monarch of a sovereign state behind Louis XIV “The Sun King” and Rama IX. It is a victory of political and personal endurance, rarely seen, in which Elizabeth II devoted nearly a century of faultless service to an era populated by elected politicians struggling to get through three years of “good conduct”.
A hint of jealousy can be detected in the vultures circling the Australian Labor Party. One of Prime Minister Albanese’s first (and ruthlessly timed) acts was to create an assistant minister for the republic – a republic that doesn’t exist and certainly wasn’t heralded in federal elections. If that had been the case, Albanese would have lost.
Deception is not a good place to start if Albanese is intent on crowning his Labor comrades – most of whom have been completely rejected by the people.
If the Australian public has learned one thing during the Covid years, it is that the political class greedily seizes power and is perfectly content with fear mongering to justify expanding its legislative control. At the height of Covid, most state prime ministers lapsed into dehumanizing, coercive and derogatory language as a way to intimidate citizens and – perhaps worse – encouraged society to ostracize and blame dissenters for the government failure.
These are not the kind of politicians you trust with absolute power and no oversight.
The damage done to Australia’s social fabric by inexperienced limelight-loving ministers will take decades to undo, and only if their despicable behavior is not repeated in the next crisis. If MPs want to compare themselves to the Crown, they did poorly on the first test.
In stark contrast to the media circus of Australian politics, the tone of Elizabeth’s reign was set in 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, when the Princess’ celebratory speech in Cape Town, South Africa, was broadcast in the Commonwealth.
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether long or short, will be devoted to your service and to the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong.”
“If we all move forward together with unwavering faith, great courage and a quiet heart, we can make this ancient republic, which we all love so dearly, something even greater – freer, more prosperous, happier and a more powerful influence for good in the world – than it was in the finest days of our ancestors.
Freedom and prosperity – these are the words of a statesman, although the Crown is rightly separated from the politicking of Parliament.
Unlike the monarchies of European history, which politically ignorant Republican figures mistakenly confuse with our current system, Elizabeth’s rule was based on security, protection and duty. His pledge was to serve, not to rule.
She represents the antithesis of Marxist immaturity, where her primary function is to unite – not divide – and her character is bound by what she believes is a sacred duty to protect every citizen from predatory policies and threats. existential. We are all equal citizens as far as the Crown is concerned, no matter what corner of the empire we live in. His duty is to ensure that our parliaments behave well and respect our rights and freedoms granted by the laws of the kingdom. It’s a really progressive concept that progressives understandably hate because it can’t be exploited by activism.
The concept of 96 years of tireless dedication to a task is as alien to a millennium as the dial-up Internet. Even so, a growing number of younger generations have recognized that something is missing in their lives. Interest in the monarchy has been rekindled, largely because the Queen has displayed an emotional quality that is sorely lacking in the “burn it all” culture offered by Marxism.
The queen represents stability. It is a desired and necessary feature of a constitutional monarchy.
It is often observed that dictatorships, whether collectivist or theocratic, benefit from the sustained focus of a single vision. For all their terror, these governments are “getting things done” – even if those things are catastrophic.
The monarchy offers the advantage of a permanent leader without the coercion of a dictatorial regime. While democracies elect their government every three years, continually throwing politics into chaos, the Queen has overseen every Prime Minister in living memory. She sat opposite Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Douglas-Home, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown, Cameron, May and Johnson. In Australia; Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton, McMahon, Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison and Albanese. That’s not to mention the rest of the kingdom.
Elizabeth II remains among the few who remember what it is like to go to war for the world and what collectivism in the hands of autocrats can do if left unchecked. Given the dangerous historical illiteracy of our current rulers, there is enormous benefit to a monarch advising new prime ministers and reminding them of the severity of their duties, because too often politicians see the thrill of election as a game. Without this anchor of austerity, democratic politics quickly reduces to an arms race of broken promises repeating itself ad absurdum until the system collapses, as most republics.
For those who say, ‘oh but America!’ their republic is strengthened by a Bill of Rights no modern politician would allow and be maintained by (what was) the sheer will of the American people to seek freedom. This is quickly fading, as is the strength of their republic.
Forget the emotion, nostalgia, national identity and personality of the reigning monarch. A constitutional monarchy is above all a political mechanism of protection against dictators.
The big problem for all civilizations is that a political system requires absolute power to rule, but absolute power turns into tyranny – so you have to divide power to preserve freedom. Monarchy, in a constitutional monarchy (a sacred republic), is the perfect constraint.
His convoluted creation – after England learned that politicians make worse kings than real kings – benefits the people rather than the political class and would never be willingly chosen by politicians.
While the Crown (represented by the Australian Head of State within the Governor General) retains the ability to sack the government, the Crown cannot govern. All the Crown can do is come back power in the hands of the people in the form of an election.
The Queen is the guardian of democracy.
Her motivation for intervening must be “the interest of the people” because if she is wrong and deposes a popular government, she could lose her entire reign. This personal risk is sufficient to arbitrate any short-term whim.
If instead, like most republics, you have a president who controls a prime minister, the nation ends up with two politicians who have nothing but self-interest and partisan politics at stake. Imagine President Kevin Rudd keeping Prime Minister Anthony Albanese… It’s a system that’s easily corrupted, always partisan and replaced too quickly. This is why republics tend to crumble in a continuous cycle of upheaval that always comes back worse, like a phoenix with scorched feathers.
The safety net of a constitutional monarchy is the main reason leftist politicians are working tirelessly to dismantle it. Those who love the big state and absolute government don’t want an adult to knock them off their autocratic perch. When they say that a republic is synonymous with “self-government”, what they really mean is “absolute power” – not for the citizens, but for their. The last thing Labor leaders want is a safety net against a dictatorship.
Her Majesty’s hereditary privilege saw her born into a feathered prison that called upon her for a life of service and the upkeep of many nations. She became a peacekeeper, diplomat, role model, institution and guardian angel.
As such, Australia is blessed with the most secure political system in history.
Alexandra Marshall is a freelance writer. If you want to support his work, shout him a coffee at the donor box. She is also a Youth Ambassador for the English-speaking Union and Australians for the Constitutional Monarchy.
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