Friday, 25 April 2014

On Hereditary Monarchy by Thomas Paine

"To the evil of monarchy we have added that of hereditary succession; and as the first is a degradation and lessening of ourselves, so the second, claimed as a matter of right, is an insult and an imposition on posterity. For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion."

Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

This guy will at some point be the King of Australia without any job interview, any assessment for the suitability of the job to be the notional and actual head of state of this country. No, Sir Peter is only an asinine representative able to abrogate the democratic checks of this country.

As Paine points out, hereditary monarchy makes as much sense as an hereditary brain surgeon or rocket scientist. Last time I checked, Werner von Braun got his job through sometimes firing hitting England with rockets, not being born to a supreme rocket maker.

It is supremely undemocratic and an embarrassment in this alleged enlightened age. If Malcolm Turnbull wasn't so busy fucking up the broadband internet in this country for the next generations, then we could probably count on him to do something about this constitutional malaise.

What a joke.

1 comment:

  1. William, your job interview is detailed as follows: You will take command of Australia's armed forces. Take New Zealand and what is not Australia's in Antarctica, inc. penguins. Upon successful transmission of victory from Wellington and/or Mawson, we will consider you for the second round of selection. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.