Fri Nov 3rd, 2006 at 04:44:12 PM EST
1. Description 2. The Good. 3. The Bad. 4. The Ugly. 5. Changes are in Order.
Changes are in Order
*Detaching themselves from the church would be ideal, but the cost may be unbearable. The hard right, PP is heavily anchored in the church/Opus Dei/ Legionarios de Cristo, so if the monarchy lets go of the ropes to the church, the imbalance could be frightening for the country.
An off the cuff idea is for JCI to (strengthen and) abdicate on Felipe in a few years and start taking symbolic, anti-church steps, veiled as the carefree adolescence he never had, before he is too unhealthy to enjoy it. I don´t know, maybe a retreat with the Dalai Lama, Native USAmerican drumming and dancing, sun worshipping at Machu Pichu? Nothing too strenuous.
*Practices the public still considers benign are hardly acceptable for public figures that want to be "our betters". Personal preferences in sports are good, but calling bloody acts a "sport" is not. People pushing machines to the limit is a blood-thirsty and wasteful exercise to me, but the King attends competitions and allows press coverage of himself, especially since there are Spanish contenders lately. If a spectacle resembles a roman circus and the human has a minimal role, it is not a sport.
At this point I will contradict myself AND act hypocritically because I am omnivorous: I feel duly shamed.
Killing animals with firearms to claim sport, closeness to nature, manhood, bravery, accuracy, ecological balance and all the rest, does not dismiss the fact that it is unnecessary regression = voluntary violence on defenseless beings. JCI does hunt, hunts inedible big game, travels far to do it and represses the press coverage.
*Chauvinism in titles is as offensive as may seem irrelevant, but there is power in them words. A title says a woman cannot become queen, except through marriage. An "Infant" title says a female royal can NEVER grow up, to become a princess. What kind of fairy tale is that? It´s true of males also, by the way. Now that JCI´s sisters are senior citizens, translating them as infants, makes me cringe. Could Britain handle an Infant Anne? Time out.