July 22, 2013
With the seemingly nonstop news today that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labor (or labour as the British spell it) and has given birth to a baby boy, I just do not understand why American television goes gaga over anything concerning the British Royal Family, which in itself is nothing more than a largely ceremonial symbol of its long ago world empire. America fought its Revolutionary War more than two centuries ago to rid ourselves of the British empire, yet now days, we seemingly cannot get enough of any and all things British. It was just last year that American television seemed nearly consumed with the Royal Family’s celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as the Queen Mother. Now, it’s the birth of Prince William & Kate’s first child, who is deemed worthy of being third in line to the royal throne.
Great Britain, like much of the rest of the world is in the mist of severe economic hardship, yet seventy-five percent of its citizens see nothing wrong with supporting yet one more royal mouth to not only feed, but to provide a lifelong gift of extreme luxury. If they don’t mind the Royal Family and its untold number of princes, princesses, dukes, duchesses, counts, countesses, barons and knights living a life of opulence, that’s up to them. However, for the American press to go ballistic over anything to do with the Royal Family is rather asinine.
Chris Matthews, a political pundit on MSNBC devoted his entire show, ironically named “Hardball” this afternoon to the birth of the royal baby, as if no other worthwhile news event occurred today. Isn’t there still a war going on in Afghanistan? Mr. Matthews was so giddy with excitement that he concluded his show by announcing “We had a baby.” Really? We had a baby? Maybe I should send flowers.
Call me unsentimental, however, I have far more important things going on in my life to get worked up over the lives of pampered millionaires who have absolutely nothing to do with me, let alone this nation.
Steven H. Spring