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November 17th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Letters to the President: #667 'A royal intrigue'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: “Alack,” said the prince, “shall we get married?”
“Surely,” said Kate, “but why have you tarried?”
And I’m sure there is the remainder of a limerick to be found, but I don’t have the time.
Here is my daily letter to the president.

Dear Mr. President,

So now, as if you don’t have enough to worry about, we have a royal wedding looming across the pond! I’m happy for Prince William and his fiancée, Kate, but when I heard the announcement of their engagement I thought this is just too much. Now I’ll have to get a new tux for all the parties, find a hotel room, (Unless they invite us to stay at the palace. What kind of odds would you put on that?) book an airplane, prepare myself mentally for the big pat down…oh, and let’s not forget the gift!

How would you feel about pitching in together to get them some of Ye Olde Tupperware? Let me know on that.

I’m glad we don’t have royalty here. I realize that may seem harsh, especially to all the royal watchers who just love, love, love the antics of the titled set. But I think the idea that anyone, by sheer dint of birth, deserves some sort of special interest is silly.

Sure, we have always had people in this country who are born to better circumstances in life than others, but at least we are not saddled with sure-enough, jewels in the crown, ermine cape, guards on the parapets, castle-dwelling lords, ladies, dukes, and earls.

Now, I would certainly make an excellent king - benevolent, jolly, prone to declaring holidays and festivals. I’d certainly bring back jousting. But beyond that, I find the entire concept of royalty enthusiastically contrary to the ideals of our country. Truth be told, I even get a little twitchy when I see a political “family” arise here, whether the Bushes, the Clintons, the Kennedys…you name it. While I respect their commitment to serving the nation, I also get a little queasy with the notion that the names start taking on a unique momentum beyond the talents they may (or may not) bring to the process - so much so that if a member of one of these families decides to run for office, he or she is automatically accorded attention that the rest of us mere mortals would have to earn.

The core of the problem really is this notion that anyone is inherently better or more important than anyone else. I think such accolades really ought to be earned, and it is incumbent on people in power to demand the same, even of their own family members. After all, while royalty can be entertaining, we fought a war to make it precisely what it is today: an anachronism.

Call if you get a moment. Very busy today, but happy to take a break if you want to grab a pretzel or something.

Regards,
Tom

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