Monday, May 26, 2008

Joseph P. Kennedy on the Queen

I generally am not keen on the Kennedy clan. Indeed, one of the most discouraging things to my hopes for an American monarchy is that many of those who like the idea (including many who would like us to have a ceremonial monarchy like that of today's England) see the Kennedys as prime candidates for the position. I, on the other hand, take the view that their far-left politics, dodgy political machinations, shameless pandering to the media, rampant promiscuity, and the tendency of the women with whom they carry out that promiscuity to turn up dead in suspicious circumstances, all disqualify them for any responsible post, including Registrar of Deeds. Not, that is, unless we wish to take Machiavelli's book as a model for our monarchy. Also distressing is that many contemporary Americans consider the Kennedys to be "aristocratic" or "upper class", apparently unaware that a mere century ago, they were peasants fresh off the boat. I am, of course, very much in favor of upward mobility, but a century of financial success and pandering to the electorate for political power does not make a family "upper class".

However, today I came across a statement made by Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., the patriarch of that troublesome family, that made me think just a little more kindly of him. In 1940, explaining why he was trying to keep America out of World War II, he famously told reporters, "Democracy is finished in England. It may be here.” The scandal over this bit of pessimism destroyed his political career. But in the same conversation, he made a very sensible remark:

"Now, I will tell you when this thing is finally settled and it comes to a question of saving what's left of England, it will be the Queen and not any of the politicians who will do it. She's got more brains than the Cabinet."


MandysRoyalty said...

I am not fond of the Kennedys, either. They are the most corrupt, inept bunch I have ever had the misfortune to witness.

The day old Joseph called George VI and Queen Elizabeth "kikes" for wanting FDR to help England in the war, I despised him officially.

American Monarchist said...

I had no idea he had said that. Good God.

The people who idolize the Kennedys are the same people who worship Princess Diana and devour the tabloid guff about her antics.

J.K. Baltzersen said...


If it was in 1940, it must have been the Queen Consort he referred to.