Originally Posted by MidwestMom
This may not be the proper thread to post this, but I have a question: with the news today of Juan Carlos' pending abdication, do any of you think there will be more among the 'older' generation of royals? Personally, I'm not too sure. I think if QEII were going to abdicate, she would have done it by now. Harald in Norway has had some health problems, and the Japanese emperor is getting on in years. Both of their heirs seem to be well prepared. I can't see Margarethe stepping down at all! But if she did, I think Frederik would do a fine job.
Just some ramblings from an American, who is seriously thinking of getting a bumper sticker that says '' Bring Back the Monarchy'' !
Abdications are rare in Scandinavia and the UK.
Interesting that you want to bring back the monarchy in a country so obsessed with 1776, founding fathers, an outdated constitution etc. But I do get the impression that many americans haven't really cut the umbillical cord to UK. You constantly refer to her as "the Queen" - not the Queen of England (as you do the Queen of Denmark). This in a way puts her on par with "the President" - whom you of course refer to that way because it is YOUR president. Is the Queen of England in some unresolved way YOUR Queen? I bet Freud could get a lot out of that. LOL.
Personally, I think that monarchy is superiour to the republic. It's my impression that division rules in republics, because a huge minority (and in USA's case sometimes the majority) voted against a president and thus find it difficult to reconcile the fact that this person is supposed to represent you (even though you actively voted against him). I could write a lot on that, but won't bore you.
Just one last thing, though. It seems that cracks are showing in some republics. USA is the oldest real republic out there and looking from over here, the Americans seem really discontent with the political system and situation, not least the presidency. The monarchy seems to work as a valve for such dissent as the head of state isn't affected by day-to-day operations, so to speak.
Also, the republic is fairly young. Working for a hundred years or two is perhaps not the ultimate test of a form of government. Only time will tell - but the Danish monarchy have existed five times as long as the US republic. In some ways it's still in it's infancy.