For decades, the Kennedys have been “America’s royal family.” This always disgusted me, for multiple reasons, not the least of which was that the Kennedys, starting with patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy himself, were Anglophobes and Angloclasts, well-known for their bitter hatred of the Windsor family and the glee that the partriarch got being the American ambassador to the Court of St. James during WW2, when the Brits would have been willing to accept a one-legged, filthy-mouthed, pedophile with the body odor of B.O. Plenty and a dust cloud to rival Pigpen’s, so had to endure the present of the foul-mouthed Irish bootlegger.
But the sacrifice in WW2, the myth of Camelot, the druidic mysticism associated with the deaths of JFK and RFK, the deification of JFK and to a large degree RFK and even Teddy, and the political myths associated with them and the Vietnam War era, all did indeed result in the Kennedy family, clear down to the fifth generation or so, being treated with slightly more reverence than Brits or Canadians give the Windsors.
But no more: NOW we have a NEW monarch-messiah and a new royal family, so divorced from their ancestors (unlike even JFK, who was at least known as his father’s son), that the family consists of exactly four members: the “messiah,” his consort, and two still-small daughters.
Taxpayers support Obama family with 1.4 billion
(Vision to America.com) Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.
Wow – and yes, I know the Windsors pay their own way, a lot, and that the British Tourist Board figures the return on the $57.8 million is about 10:1 – mostly due to Americans, apparently. So we already HAVE a royal family that we share with about half the world. Why do we need the Kennedys or the current occupants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Yep, $1.4 B isn’t much in today’s world of trillion-dollar deficits, but every little bit counts!
Besides, what do we get for it? No “changing of the guard” ceremony with red jackets and fur hats, no grand carriages, no dolled-up lady on horseback, no deadly tunnel car-rides in Paris, no Queen’s touch. We get a somewhat overweight woman who thinks she is a fashion idol, two reasonably nice kids who are spoiled rotten with trips to Spain and Mexico and a ritzy private school, and a man who (admittedly) seems to be as “densely and dully” stupidly “intelligent” as Prince Charles without the excuses of too much inbreeding in the generations beyond his grandparents. And who has as chronic a condition of lying anytime his mouth is open as any other lawyer or a typical French monarch. (And who, by the way, HATES the Windsors, as near as I can tell, along with ALL Brits and anyone else in the “old and white” Commonwealth. Which is odd, since by most reckoning, he is at least 3/4-white himself, since Arabs are usually considered white.
No, we’d be a lot better off paying an appropriate share of maintaining the Windsors as our royal family, as well. Think about it: we could offer to pay twice as much as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: that would be about 120 million a year; and STILL save about 1.3 billion a year!
Then maybe we could start figuring out how to elect presidents that are more than lie-all-the-time clothes horses, and understand that “serving the people” does not mean “on a platter.”