We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Don't have the patience to watch the news-clip but i have more admiration for some of the inherited traditions than i ever have although, you live in a republic, you have political conversations with multitude of 'vote for the good king' mentality, you ponder what's the use of this conversation? Icons, examples, class, style, pomp & circumstance, idealtypes, metaphors.
The Royal Wedding was a gorgeous, great party. The Brits are the best in the world at the intricate details of beautiful pomp and circumstance. It was a happy happy occasion and beautiful Duchess Catherine is the most exquisite royal bride I have ever seen in my 83 years. That Dress, my friends, was so perfect I hope it will be housed in the V and A Museum for centuries.
When we went to London back in 1981, the V and A was the very first Museum we went to, the afternoon our plane landed. I got lost in the wonderful jewelry exhibit and I took so long that hy husband, who doesn't like jewelry much, went off to explore and ended up perusing the museum's extensive underwear collection. Just like a man...