Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quote of the Month

Writes Dr. Kenneth Minogue over at Taki's Magazine:

The other piece of nonsense is that there is a single solution — in this case the thing called democracy, or election — to any problem in social and political life. Why do we need a hereditary family when we can have an elected head of state? As a reactionary, my view is that the great thing about the British monarchy is precisely that no one ever elected them. They have good public relations and conspicuous charm, but that is irrelevant to our constitution’s continuity and tradition. Bright radicals have been trying to pull the same democracy trick with the House of Lords for a century now, and no one has yet come up with a popular solution. Who, one wonders with Henry II, will rid us of these meddlesome fools? For reactionaries, that is one of the great historical questions.

The United States Constitution

A great quote this month from the pen of Dr. Gary North:

The Constitution was established in order to strengthen the powers of the Federal government. It strengthened them vastly beyond what the British had attempted to impose on the colonies in the early 1770s.

Poll Results: What Is the Solution to the Problems of Democracy?

An older order: Queen Zita and Crown Prince Otto at the coronation in Budapest in 1916The results for the poll, asking what the solution to the problems of democracy is, ending at midnight between March and April, are as follows:

Total votes: 80.

  • Restoration of an older order: 49 (61%)
  • The world will go to the dogs no matter what: 16 (20%)
  • Yet another totally new order: 7 (8%)
  • Real democracy: 6 (7%)
  • More democracy: 2 (2%)
A new poll will be up shortly.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Enjoy Easter Night in the Stephansdom of Vienna:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Colonel Lee Resigns

One and a half centuries ago today, Colonel Robert E. Lee resigned from the army of those United States.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

This Week...

33 years short of two centuries ago today, Anatole France was born.

A century and a deck of cards years ago today, Alexis de Tocqueville passed from this world.

Three days ago, a year short of fourteen score years ago, Lord North was born.

Four days ago, three centuries and seven years ago, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet passed from this world. There are some posts on Bossuet at The Mad Monarchist.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Battle of Fort Sumter

150 years ago today, Fort Sumter, held by Union forces on Confederate territory, was fired upon.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prez Wilson vs. Kaiser Wilhelm

94 years ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog signed the declaration passed by the Congress of those United States for a formal state of war with Imperial Germany.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The World Safe?

The Capitol building in Washington, D.C., seen from the SCOTUS building94 years ago today, the bête noire of this blog gave his speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war.

He wanted to make the world safe for democracy, but the world should be made safe from democracy.

Friday, April 1, 2011

First of April in 1922

The funeral of Blessed Charles in Monte, Madeira
89 years ago today, Blessed Charles of Austria-Hungary passed from this world on the island of Madeira.

And yes, his demise – and the rise of modern democratic republicanism and of democratism that goes with it – would be a joke fit for this day, were it not so sad.