Benefits of Monarchy

Monarchy, be it absolute or constitutional tends to provide stability and support beneficial practices and traditions over generations. Unlike the fluctuating and turbulent reality of most republican democracies or dictatorships where demagogues, populists and brutal enforcers ply their very different trades the essential monarchy provides a balanced and even course.
The 20th century was a century of Republics. It was also a century of unbelievable bloodshed, mass war, propaganda, social nebulisation, death camps, gulags, threatened nuclear Armageddon and other social ills and worries. Traditionalist Monarchies provide the cure for many modern ills, ills that countries such as Britain have been saved for by our system of Constitutional Monarchy.
No practising politician could possibly hope to be more deeply and widely informed about domestic, Commonwealth and international affairs than The Queen. She has sources of information available to nobody else.  James Callaghan
According, then, to the Medieval view , the king was not so much the ruler as the first guardian of the State; not so much the owner of the realm as the principle administrator of its powers and interests. His power was not absolute but limited within certain bounds. AJ Penty
“For any country it is better to have a monarch than an elected president of the republic …monarchies provide the continuity of states, while prime ministers come and go. Elections are all very well for the designation of the prime minister or of the party which should take power, but not for the Head of State, who should be above party. (Unlike a president) in all probability the monarch who succeeds to the throne has been trained for this exalted post by having spent many years by the side of his predecessor. A monarch, however, cannot declare that he is ready to throw in his hand. The personal conveniences of sovereigns are of little importance. What is important is that Great Britain needs them.” George Brown
Above the ebb and flow of party strife, the rise and fall of ministries, and individuals, the changes of public opinion or public fortune, the British Monarchy presides, ancient, calm and supreme within its function, over all the treasures that have been saved from the past and all the glories we write in the annals of our country. Sir Winston Churchill
The British love their Queen, their Queen Mother, Prince Charles, and the comforting security of their hereditary constitutional monarchy, an institution of which the characters are beyond the manipulation of man, an institution guaranteeing continuity, overriding the dissensions of politics. The best governments are constitutional monarchies, and we may yet see some restored in eastern Europe. Lord Menuhin
I notice that the constitutional monarchies are the most democratic countries of Europe. I can’t understand how there could be any debate about it. Jack Lang (French Minister of Culture, Oct 1993)
Impartiality and continuity are important aspects of government, and it is doubtful whether any form of democratic government yet discovered provides these to any greater extent than does constitutional monarchy Sydney D Bailey
Britain’s constitutional monarchy is one of its greatest strengths as well as one of its greatest attractions. The monarch is detached from party politics in a way no president could be. For years, the existence of a monarchy was the guarantee that no would-be dictator could stage a coup by deploying troops, as the monarch controls the armed services. No latter-day Cromwell could win power by force. We have had no civil war since Cromwell’s and much of that is due to having had a constitutional monarchy as a focus of loyalty. Ann Widdecombe MP
“The president of a republic is as though you pick a player from one of two teams and make him umpire.” Czar Simeon II of Bulgaria
In republics there is not a respect for authority, but a fear of power. Dr Samuel Johnson
Q is for the Queen who, in half a century, hasn’t put a foot wrong once. Her accumulated wisdom is extraordinary. Her charm is infinite. She is duty personified. The Duke of Devonshire
In fact, after having abolished the monarchy, the best of all governments, [the French Revolution] had transferred all the public power to the people — the people… ever easy to deceive and to lead into every excess Pope Pius VI
I have previously observed that British republicans seem to have a blind spot about the family: they do not grasp that the Royal Family touches some chord in most of us linked with family feeling. Even as an Irishwoman, I feel a warm sense of maternal protectiveness when I pass Buckingham Palace and see the Royal Standard flying. The Queen is at home, and a benign matriarchal wisdom prevails over the land.  Mary Kenny
I am a true servant of my King and country, not only as a dutiful subject but because I am a convinced monarchist, politically and intellectually. I mean by that, quite apart from myself and my relationship to my Bavarian and German fatherland, I believe monarchy to be the most successful form of government that the history of mankind has known. Adolf von Harnier
In Italy they are already speaking about a republic, but keep in mind that there is nothing less suited to Italians…… The Italians are individualists and a republic will become the cause of confusion and disorder. Certainly of corruption. I have no doubt of it. When all this comes to pass who will profit from it?  Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
The monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try to start playing. Earl Russell
The hereditary head of state is like the senior member of a larger household, representing the national family and its ancestral inheritance while standing above its internal disputes and intervening only if a major emergency threatens its survival.  Wade Smith
Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians. Baroness Thatcher
If a nation does not want a monarchy, change the nations mind. If a nation does not need a monarchy, change the nations needs. Jan Christian Smuts
I’ve spent a bit of time with the Prince of Wales, who I respect greatly. I’d give two cheers for the Monarchy. Sting
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other. Walter Bagehot
The monarchy unites us; the republic would divide us. Francesco Crispi
Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all. Aristotle
 America is the only country in the world
“Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
“The tendency of an advanced civilization is in truth monarchy.” Benjamin Disraeli
I write by the light of two eternal truths: religion and monarchy, those twin essentials affirmed by contemporary events, and towards which every intelligent author should seek to direct our country. Honore de Balzac
“Anyone who has walked through the deserted palaces of Versailles or Vienna realise how much of a part of the life of a nation is lost when a monarchy is abolished.  William Rees-Mogg
Russia under Nicholas II, with all the survivals of feudalism, had opposition political parties, independent trade unions and newspapers, a rather radical parliament and a modern legal system. Its agriculture was on the level of the USA, with industry rapidly approaching the West European level. In the USSR there was total tyranny, no political liberties and practically no human rights. Its economy was not viable; agriculture was destroyed. The terror against the population reached a scope unprecedented in history. No wonder many Russians look back at Tsarist Russia as a paradise lost. Oleg Gordievsky
“I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.” Voltaire
The monarchy’s most important constitutional function is simply to be there: by occupying the constitutional high ground, it denies access to more sinister forces; to a partisan or corrupt president, divisive of the nation; or even to a dictator. The Queen’s powers are a vital safeguard of democracy and liberty. Sir Michael Forsyth
Monarchy can easily be debunked, but watch the faces, mark well the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison. C S Lewis.
It is helpful when the personality of the head of state is not disputed or contested periodically. The monarch is the incarnation of popular hope and the repository of national legitimacy. Henri, Comte de Paris
A land with out a king is a land with out a father, a land with out a leader in times of crisis, and a land with out guide. Democracy means that the children get to kill each other as long as most of them want to. Archbishop Healy of Tuam.

Parliamentary monarchy fulfills a role which an elected president never can. It formally limits the politicians’ thirst for power because with it the supreme office of the state is occupied once and for all.
Max Weber
We should all bear carefully in mind the constitutional safeguards inherent in the monarchy: While the Queen occupies the highest office of state, no one can take over the government. While she is head of the law, no politician can take over the courts. While she is ultimately in command of the Armed Forces, no would-be dictator can take over the Army. The Queen’s only power, in short, is to deny power to anyone else. Any attempt to tamper with the royal prerogative must be firmly resisted. D G O Hughes
I devote all my attentions to improving the welfare of my subjects, since I wish to save my soul and go to Heaven. King Charles III of Spain
…where there are many men and each one provides what he likes for himself, the energies of the multitude are dissipated unless there is, also, some who has the case of that which is for the benefit of the multitude. Thomas Aquinas
The rule of the many nearly always ended in tyranny, as clearly appears in the Roman Republic, which while for some time the magistracy was exercised by many enmities, dissensions, and civil wars, fell into the hands of the most cruel tyrants. Thomas Aquinas
“Modern monarchs neither have nor need executive power. Integrity and continuity are their stock in trade. These qualities are becoming more precious when European political parties, many of them in power for a decade or more, are increasingly judged arrogant or corrupt or both. Politicians could with profit learn not to treat modesty as merely a royal prerogative” Times Editorial 2nd Aug 1993
“Monarchy can easily be debunked, but watch the faces, mark well the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.” C.S. Lewis
“So I would like you to consider very seriously today whether a big part of the solution to all of our worldwide “crises” does not lie simply in more and better technology, but in the recovery of the soul to the mainstream of our thinking. Our science and technology cannot do this. Only sacred traditions have the capacity to help this happen.” HRH Prince Charles of Wales
“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!” Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
“To the Jacobins of this epoch [the French Revolution], as well as to those of our times, this popular entity constitutes a superior personality possessing attributes peculiar to the gods of never having to answer for their actions and never making a mistake. Their wishes must be humbly acceded to. The people may kill, burn, ravage, commit the most frightening cruelties, glorify their hero today and throw him into the gutter tomorrow, it is all the same; the politicians will not cease to vaunt the people’s virtues and to bow to their every decision.” Gustave Le Bon
“…more men and women were slaughtered in a couple of weeks of the terror of the atheistic French Revolution than in a century of the Inquisition.” Michael Coren
“The three most ancient opinions about God are atheism (or anarchy), polytheism (or polyarchy), and monotheism (or monarchy). The children of Greece played with the first two; let us leave them to their games. …. Both these lead in the same direction – to disorder; and disorder leads to disintegration; for disorder is the prelude to disintegration. What we honour is monarchy…” St. Gregory the Theologian
“I am not a ‘democrat’, if only because ‘humility’ and equality are spiritual principles corrupted by the attempt to mechanize and formalize them, with the result that we get not universal smallness and humility, but universal greatness and pride, till some Orc gets hold of a ring of power–and then we get and are getting slavery.” J.R.R. Tolkien
“I think it is a misconception to imagine that the monarchy exists in the interests of the monarch. It doesn’t. It exists in the interests of the people.” HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
“In democracies, the option of taking the easy solution over the right solution has always prevailed.” Dr. Marc Faber
“Power is never good, unless the one who has it is good.” King Alfred the Great
“A collective insanity seemed to have seized the nation and turned them into something worse than beasts. The princess de Lamballe, Marie Antoinette’s intimate friend, was literally torn to pieces; her head, breasts, and pudenda were paraded on pikes before the windows of the Temple, where the royal family was imprisoned, while a man boasted drunkenly at a cafe that he had eaten the princess’ heart, which he probably had.” J Christopher Herold
“The monarchy will always have a role in our society because it is part of our history. The Crown helps to define who we are, where we came from and where we are going.” David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
When we had monarchy [in Greece]–never mind what these communists tell you, they are all communists and atheists–we had order. You saw the policeman, you respected him. You saw the priest on the opposite corner, you ran across to get his blessing. You saw elderly on the bus; you gave them your seat.” Anonymous
“There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country, and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible.” Queen Elizabeth I
“Monarchy requires intelligence from its leaders. A Democracy requires popularity from its leaders. Which one will most likely have the better government?” Unknown
“A better world is possible, but it all depends on what your definition of better is, doesnt it? From 1789 onwards, we’ve had any number of people tell us that a better world was possible for everyone, and if everyone didn’t want that better world then the people offering us all this chance at utopia would shoot the dissenters until we all got the message and marched forward into paradise together.” Akaky Bashmachkin
The monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try to start playing. Earl Russell
“But for all those who don’t want the Queen there are easily as many who don’t want a President and even more who certainly would not want one if they knew who it would be. As you can readily see, I have given more thought to this subject than most and I have reached my own conclusion. God save the Queen.” Dalton Camp
“When the tyrant is the anonymous law, modern man believes he is free.” Don Colacho
“We …..never cease to be surprised by the enthusiasm aroused by the election of a handful of incapable men by a heap of incompetent men.” Don Colacho
“As long as they do not take him seriously, the man who says the truth can live for a while in a democracy. Then, the hemlock.” Don Colacho
“I would rather be ruled by people who think they will fry in Hell forever, if they rule me poorly; than by people for whom I am merely a convenient economic cipher, who can be milked like a cow.” Charles Coulombe
“Monarchies have lost much of their ability to serve their people through acceptance of the myth that the politicians really do speak for the people….or for that matter, that whatever the majority of the people want at any given time ought to be given preference over objective right and wrong.” – Charles Coulombe
“[A] king is a king, not because he is rich and powerful, not because he is a successful politician, not because he belongs to a particular creed or to a national group. He is King because he is born. And in choosing to leave the selection of their head of state to this most common denominator in the world – the accident of birth – Canadians implicitly proclaim their faith in human equality; their hope for the triumph of nature over political manoeuvre, over social and financial interest; for the victory of the human person.” Jacques Monet, Canadian historian.
“If I must be enslaved let it be by a King at least, and not by a parcel of upstart lawless Committeemen. If I must be devoured, let me be devoured by the jaws of a lion, and not gnawed to death by rats and vermin.” Samuel Seabury
This war would never have come unless, under American and modernising pressure, we had driven the Habsburgs out of Austria and the Hohenzollerns out of Germany. By making these vacuums we gave the opening for the Hitlerite monster to crawl out of its sewer on to the vacant thrones. No doubt these views are very unfashionable… Winston Churchill
“Better British liberty than American equality.” Danielle Smith
“Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.” Joseph de Maistre
“In a non-hereditary republic or democracy, the governors must seek out power, and that for me is enough not to trust them an inch. In a hereditary monarchy, the ruler is invested with power which typically he did not seek. With the latter, there is always a fair chance of a good ruler; with the former, almost none at all.” Deogolwulf
“ When a man says he is free under a democracy because he can choose his government, already the falsehood is fully grown. He cannot do any such thing. He is given a say in how his country is to be governed, but this degree of power is so tiny as to be almost non-existent…” Deogolwulf
“Many a man is so impressed with the idea that the next despots will be wearing jackboots, that he will fail to hear the gentle flap of sandals.” Deogolwulf
“The belief that democracy will choose good governors, or be to the public good, may be bolstered by an egoistic and flattering delusion of one’s own role in that choice and by a further and vicariously flattering belief that one’s fellows with whom one identifies will likewise choose wise and ethical governors who would typically forgo immediate political advantage for long-term responsibility. For even if one really is discerning enough to know what a good governor looks like before he assumes the power he seeks, and given that such a man could be found more than once in a million, one’s share in the choice is tiny; and even if one appreciates the insignificance of one’s role, then, to maintain one’s belief in the public good of democracy, one has to believe that one’s fellows are en masse similarly perspicacious to discern a good governor from the charming connivers, manipulators, ne’er-do-wells, narcissists, psychopaths, and ruthless egoists who are typically drawn to power, and who competitively make irresponsible grants and promises to gain it.” Deogolwulf
I write by the light of two eternal truths: religion and monarchy, those twin essentials affirmed by contemporary events, and towards which every intelligent author should seek to direct our country. Honore de Balzac
“The oath to the Queen is fundamental to the administration of the law in this country. It signifies that, here in Canada, justice is done–not in the name of the Prime Minister, or the Mayor, or the Police Chief, as in totalitarian nations–but by the people, in the name of the Queen.” Mike Harris
“Constitutions become the ultimate tyranny. They’re organized power on such a scale as to be overwhelming. The constitution is social power mobilized and it has no conscience. It can crush the highest and the lowest, removing all dignity and individuality. It has an unstable balance point and no limitations. I, however, have limitations.” Frank Herbert, in ‘Dune’
“The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That’s one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population — the intelligent ones or the fools?” Henrik Ibsen
“Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all.” Aristotle
“As you can see, just like a monarchy is similar to a private property owner, democracy is similar to mob rule with a kingpin mobster in charge. They try their best to amass enough power to be able to challenge the other kingpin mobsters (called Democrats or Republicans in the U.S.) all the while enriching themselves and their kinfolk (political and corporate leeches). It is a form of nepotism.” – Bruce Koerber
“Remember that life is made up of loyalty: loyalty to your friends; loyalty to things beautiful and good; loyalty to the country in which you live; loyalty to your King; and above all, for this holds all other loyalties together, loyalty to God.” Queen Mary in 1923
“Facts ruin — as they so often do — a perfectly good theory. A cursory vetting of the evidence reveals that elected representatives are no more deliberative, nor sapient, nor any less rapacious than the plebeians whose vote they seek. It is understandable, really: the plebeians, theoretically and in fact, are the ultimate judge of all ideas and the source of all power; thus, they demand a representative who excels in nullity and mediocrity in order to best reflect majority opinion. The plebeians demand a mirror, even if it is cracked.” Stephen Mauzy
“Better be secure under one king, than exposed to violence from twenty millions of monarchs, though oneself be one of them.” Herman Melville
“Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians.” Baroness Thatcher
“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” H.L. Mencken
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.” H.L. Mencken
“Democracy is the theory that intelligence is dangerous. It assumes that no idea can be safe until those who can’t understand it have approved it.” H.L. Mencken
“Democracy is the pathetic belief in the wisdom of collective ignorance.” H.L. Mencken
“I would like to remind you that H.R.H. the Prince of Wales visited Afghanistan. It was not like Blair, Brown and Cameron, in flack-jackets over shirts, goggle-eyed with fear, it was as a Prince, Colonel of a Regiment in military gear. He laid a wreath and he addressed the men. They did not have to listen to the politicians’ lie that they defended the freedom of our way of life … He spoke to them, man to man, about their fallen comrades and his concern for their families at home. It mattered.” Sheikh Abdalqadir as Sufi
“The essence of elected government is that it gives power to those who are able to persuade the populace to give it to them. In an elected government, the chief prerequisites for power inevitably become such things as charm and a willingness to pander. It is only to be expected that such people manage to quite thoroughly persuade that same populace that elected government is in their own best interests, against all the evidence.” The American Monarchist
“There is no such thing as the consent of the governed, unless you count “not blowing up Capitol Hill” as “consent”. Government is about force. The talk about “the consent of the governed” is rhetoric intended to make the subjects of a democracy feel as if they are not sheep being shorn until time for the barbecue. Time for adherents of elected government to come up with a better argument.” The American Monarchist
“I don’t think I’ve been very ambiguous about the fact that I am a monarchist who thinks revolutionaries should be drug out into the street and shot…” The Mad Monarchist
“Any constitution strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing wrong is also strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing what is right.” The Mad Monarchist
“There are no guarantees in politics as in life but the odds are greatly in favor of one trained from birth being able to do the job required of them than the odds would be that 51% of the public will choose the best candidate based solely on their ability to do the job rather than being able to talk a good game, have lots of money for advertising and telling the people what they want to hear…” The Mad Monarchist
“…one patriarch in a patriarchate, one metropolitan in a metropolia, one bishop in a bishopric, one abbot in a monastery, and in secular life…one king, one regimental commander, one captain on a ship. And if one will did not rule in all this, there would be no law and order in anything, and it would not be for the best, for a multiplicity of wills destroys everything.” St. Theodore the Studite
“Sometime in the coming century, people will rack their brains pondering how nations with tremendous scientific and intellectual achievements could have given uninstructed and untrained men and women the right to vote equally uninstructed and untrained people into responsible positions.” Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
“Even 51 per cent of a nation can establish a totalitarian and dictatorial règime, suppress minorities, and still remain democratic; there is, as we have said, little doubt that the American Congress and the French Chambre have a power over their respective nations which would rouse the envy of a Louis XIV or a George III were they alive today.” Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
“For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.” Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
Politicians debating the future of our monarchy resemble a poachers’ convention deliberating on the future role of the gamekeeper. Malcolm Winram
“In Belgium there is a King. In Denmark there is a King. In Norway there is a Queen. In Morocco there is a King. In the Gulf there is a King. In the Oman there is a King. In Saudi there is a King. In Spain there is a King. Maybe there are only 20 countries which have Kings now and at the beginning of the century there was an Ottoman Empire, a Russian Empire, a French Empire, a German Empire, an Austrian Empire, a Bulgarian Kingdom, a Rumanian Kingdom, a Greek Kingdom, an Italian Kingdom, an Egyptian Kingdom, a Persian Kingdom, a Libyan Kingdom, a Sudanese Kingdom, an Afghan Kingdom, an Iraqi Kingdom, a Jemenite Kingdom, an Abyssinian Kingdom, an Eritrean and Somali Kingdom. All African States were Kingdoms. China was a Kingdom, Indonesia was a Kingdom, Madagascar was a Kingdom, India was a Kingdom. Sansibar was a Kingdom. In this century 40 Kingdoms have been destroyed and the people who came after were not good. Always when Kings go, bad people come up. Kings weigh them down like a heavy cover. They are like heavy stones on them. When Kings are thrown away, everything which is under that rock gets out. This is the case now, and we are surrounded by bad people” Sheikh Nazim of Cyprus

 

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