Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948, is the heir apparent and eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since 1958 his major title has been His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. | Photo: Reuters
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If you take a step back and you look at Prince Charles and what the Royal Family represents to the world and its own country, it is a true omen for the battle for power that is currently being fought in America.
While many Americans may enjoy the romance of the fairy tale that is the English Royal Family, they should be very wary of what the reality of that social and economic system is, because the Royal Family is one of the greatest examples of entitlements and tax breaks run amok.
One could argue that the Royal Family hands over to the British people all the profit from the real estate on their lands in exchange for a multi-million pound salary, and that somehow this is a good deal. That is certainly all well and good when the property is making a profit, but when they are subject to the same downturns in the economy and property values as we are, they do not have to suffer the same negative consequences as the average person as they will continue to be propped up by their citizens. For the British, they are the epitome of too big to fail.
The Royal Family is the true welfare recipient of their people. They have formed such a seamless con throughout the centuries that their pockets are being lined without a moment's thought being given to the fact that for every pound an Englishman works, a portion of their personal and corporate taxes goes to this single family and their offspring in perpetuity. It is as if the English people are working for a single family's inheritance that is not their own. Even worse, the entire social and economic structure of the country supports and protects not only the privileged elite of the Royal Family, but the entire aristocratic system.
Is that where we are going? Is that what we want? Is the entire top 1% of America now going to hold us hostage to the point where we are all so afraid of their ire that if we raise taxes we will not have jobs? Do our political leaders really want us to believe that the top 1% will hoard their money and not invest, lend, buy or invent products if their taxes are raised?
Perhaps it has already begun. The Supreme Court, the highest law in the land, has bestowed upon a corporation the rights of an individual. This has allowed the wealthiest of the world to create Super PACs. These Super PACs are potential mini-monarchies of the future, otherwise known as oligarchs. They are presently testing how far their immense wealth and power will influence the behavior of our elected officials and even the outcome of our presidential election. This blatant abuse of power brings to mind the relationship between Henry VIII and the courts of his time which Prince Charles and all of Henry VIII's heirs are still benefiting from today.
Is this really the future the super-rich and the entire nation wants? To have the progeny of the wealthiest of Americans so ensconced into our economy that we can't get rid of them even when they are not producing. Can we rightfully question what value Prince Charles is bringing to the table? Are we to be the recipients of their charitable goodwill because there is no profound reason for them to create anything new? Are the English people getting value for money?
|If America will come back to the table we still have no idea how far we can go.|
Only they can answer this question, but for Americans, the answer would probably be no.
Those who wish to protect capitalism are screaming that we don't want socialism, but shouldn't we really be screaming that we don't want an oligarchy where our entire future rests with a small number of people? No more rags to riches for Americans.
Here are some interesting historical and fictional examples of oligarchies: the former Soviet Union, hence the operative word former, South Africa's apartheid system, our very own Southern slave owning states, and George Orwell's brilliant novel, 1984, depicting an oligarchy in the extreme.
In case you are wondering if this is all just history, despite the demise of the Soviet Union, the new Russia that has risen from its ashes has developed a new breed of oligarchs to replace the old. Instead of a Communist state being run only by party members, a small cadre of private individuals have now amassed immense wealth and power for themselves seemingly overnight, while economic growth and the new dream for the majority of the Russian people has lagged far, far behind.
Prince Charles will never have to be afraid of losing his money, because it is so woven into the British economy that without it the relevance of England would be diminished. America by contrast still has a chance not to go down this road. The relevance of America should not be based on the privileged 1%, but on the bold actions of all its citizens.
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|Official wedding photo of Camilla and Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948, is the heir apparent and eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since 1958 his major title has been His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. | Photo: Archives|
While CEOs of multi-national corporations receive multi-million dollar annual bonuses often not based on performance, at least the board can fire them if they so wish. The English people cannot fire Prince Charles or the Royal Family without a social revolution. This is surely the best long con in history. It is one of the most effective tithing systems we have ever seen, and arguably not much has changed since the days of Henry VIII! Let Britain be a warning sign for the empire that is America. Let's face it, does America want to see itself become a minor power in the future whose only mission is to prop up their wealthiest citizens?
Across America we hear the echoing cries of people bleeding from the economic pilfering of our country while political leaders hit the ball of blame back and forth across party lines:
- "Teachers should be paid based on performance"
- "CEOs should be fired without a balloon payment"
- "My state needs the bridge to nowhere"
- "My corporation needs a tax break to ship jobs overseas"
- "Welfare should be a stepping stone to work"
- "The unions want too much money"
The list goes on.
The most precious thread holding us together is our ability to disagree, debate and compromise. Compromise allows us as best we can to share this man-made tool called money to as many people as possible. This has enabled America to create something no other country in the world has had the opportunity to do, and that is to hear the voices of every American, and give every American a seat at the table. Some voices coming to the table have taken longer than others, but the fact is that the door is always open for that voice to one day be heard.
America's leaders have come from all walks of life – from a log cabin to saving our country, President Abraham Lincoln, from being the heir of one of the wealthiest blueblood families in America to the champion of the poor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from a general leading American troops to victory during World War II to an advocate for peace, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, from the son of a wealthy entrepreneur to a leader who inspired a nation, President John F. Kennedy, from the stigma of racial prejudice to the leader of the free world, President Barack Obama.
The door to accomplishing this powerful position will never be available to the English people. Buckingham Palace will forever be passed down to the offspring of the monarch, whether or not they deserve it. The British people will never have the opportunity to work towards becoming a King or Queen. It is impossible. However, in America it is all possible, and the only way to maintain these possibilities for every American is by compromise and the belief that everyone has a right to a piece of the pie.
America has had the agony of defeat and the joyous jubilation of success. We grow from both, we are fluid. An American can be poor one day and rich the next, and equally a rich American can end their life poor. No American is too big to fail, nor too small to grow.
Is Prince Charles relevant? Prince Charles is too big to fail for his country and too small to grow for himself, leaving England in a time warp, whereas if America will come back to the table we still have no idea how far we can go.