Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 11, 2010

      Odd, interesting anniversary this week.  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
assumed the throne back in 1952, when she was twenty-five.  Dwight
Eisenhower was president.  TV was black and white.  It was a long, long
time ago.  She's in her eighties now.  Though she hasn't reigned as long
as Victoria, who held the throne for more than sixty years, she's been
there a while.       British monarchs don't govern, of course, don't run
the country.  Prime ministers do that.  But the monarchs do meet regularly
with the PM of the day and if they like politics and government, what
wonderful advisors they must be.  It's as if President Obama could meet
with, say, John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower's Secretary of State, and ask his
advice about Iraq.      We don't have anything like that here.
Administrations come and go, and usually assume their predecessors were
fools or knaves or both.   I don't know whether Elizabeth takes the kind of
interest in government that would make her advice valuable.  She seems a
serious sort, so she probably does.       Anyway, happy anniversary,
Majesty.  What did the Vulcans used to say?  "Live long and prosper."  But,
of course, you have.
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