Sunday, September 14, 2008

5 Myths About Those Civic-Minded, Deeply Informed Voters

4. Voters today are smarter than they used to be.

Actually, by most measures, voters today possess the same level of political knowledge as their parents and grandparents, and in some categories, they score lower. In the 1950s, only 10 percent of voters were incapable of citing any ways in which the two major parties differed, according to Thomas E. Patterson of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, who leads the Pew-backed Vanishing Voter Project. By the 1970s, that number had jumped to nearly 30 percent.

Here's what makes these numbers deplorable -- and, in fact, almost incomprehensible: Education levels are far higher today than they were half a century ago, when social scientists first began surveying voter knowledge about politics. (In 1940, six in ten Americans hadn't made it past the eighth grade.) The moral of this story: Schooling alone doesn't translate into better educated voters.

A new monarchist blogger has joined us!

Welcome, Lord Soleil!

He also links to another new blog I haven't seen before, Monarchist Initiative.

The Waste of Democracy

On this blog I try to only post about things directly relevant to monarchy, with occasional excursions into tradition. But elsewhere on the Net I do sometimes post about the contemporary political scene.

I am very disgruntled by the options Americans are being presented with this November, and to make matters worse, most members of the party I'm registered with (I can't truly call it mine any longer) don't seem to see any trouble with our offerings. I've already made a few posts about what's wrong with our candidates and gotten a pile of angry responses, many containing factual errors which they should have checked up on. In a way, I understand; since we're going to be saddled with one option or the other, it's only human to try to convince oneself that at least one of the options is a good one. It's hard to get on with getting your job done and the dishes washed and everything else when you're convinced that disaster is looming (which I am). (Not that things are any more disastrous than they've been for the last several decades.)

So today I was thinking about some more points I would like to make in future posts, and realized that I probably won't have the time and energy to support my points as thoroughly as I would prefer, as I have a lot of work over the next couple of weeks. Indeed, just thinking about it, and doing the research online and in various print publications, and the stress of some of the nastier comments, has me feeling tired.

Similarly, most publications, TV shows, and blogs are currently full of dirt on and dissection of the various candidates, just as they are before every election.

It occurs to me that the democratic process is an enormous waste of time, energy and money.

Suppose this were a monarchical country. Most likely we would have been hearing everything about the king since the day he was born. In other words, we would already know our ruler well, instead of having to get to know a new set of people every two years. And rely on the journalists to do a fair and competent job of finding out everything about him and relaying the information to us. And we have to read the opposing reports, figure out whose word to trust, argue about it with half the people we know, and decide who would be the best choice. That's not even mentioning the huge amounts of effort politicians put into campaigning and journalists put into following them around, etc. etc.

Just imagine if all that time, energy and money were being put into constructive pursuits.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

2008: Proof that we need to bring monarchy back

I know I've been neglecting this blog of late. I shall return, never fear. Work's been using up too much of my energy the last few weeks. I haven't had time to check the various Google alerts I set up for monarchy-related news to link here. However, when things ease up a little I'm going to start a series of historical posts. At this moment I'm not sure when that will be, of course....

I don't intend to talk much about my country's impending elections here, but today I will. Just to say that I'm deeply disappointed in the party I'm registered with (Republican, of course), and this fall, for the first time since I was old enough to drink, I'll be voting Libertarian.

The only bright spot I can see is that whichever disaster we inflict on ourselves this November, it's got to open a few people's eyes to the perils of elected government.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tory Historian points out the utter historical inaccuracy of the new movie The Duchess, which is based on the life of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, the way Love At First Bite was based on Bram Stoker's most famous novel.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Often when one says that one is in favor of monarchy, the sneering response is, "Oh, you want to be king, huh?"

This makes no more sense than responding to someone's support of elected government with, "Oh, you want to be president, huh?"