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The Royal Wedding: Steeped in Class and Tradition

April 29, 2011

I got up quite early this morning. I had been annoyed with all the media attention being given to the marriage of Prince William of England to British beauty, Kate Middleton. I said, what’s going on here? Didn’t we win the Revolutionary War of 1776? Wasn’t British King George III a villain who ruled the colonies with a brutal hand? Yes, I said those things and more. I had grown increasingly antagonistic to the forthcoming celebration of the Royal Wedding. But watching, in spite of myself, I realized that the spectacle of the royal affair is actually beneficial to we Americans who still appreciate dignity, tradition and the sanctity of marriage and family.

There was no loud rap music; there was no sexual exploitation. Instead, there was class! Class is something we don’t see much of anymore in this country. Another point is that while I was watching the Anglican Church bishops conducting the service, there was no hesitance whatsoever about mentioning God or Jesus Christ. After all, this is England and England proclaimed itself a Christian nation centuries ago. After all these years and all these centuries, England, in spite of its occasional internal bickering, is one nation under God.

Think about our American Pledge of Allegiance. They want to take the phrase “under God” out of the pledge. That doesn’t bother me since when the pledge was first composed and recited, the phrase “under God” was not there. One way or another I was happy with the pledge. However, there are forces in this country, aided and abetted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which want to do away with the pledge. We don’t even have to stand when the pledge is being given. How about the phrase one nation? Are we really one nation, united? Of course we are not. That is the difference between us and our British cousins . . . they are one nation and we are not. I grew up at a time when we really did seem like one nation, indivisible.

Yes, I admit at that time there were no groups, ethnic or otherwise, who played the victim card. Now, if you are a homosexual, a transsexual or a bisexual, it seems you deserve some special largess because you are a victim. And, of course, the African-American is the most powerful victim ever conceived. I know I am going to be called a racist for that statement. I know that once a person has been slandered as a racist that makes whatever he says null and void. I cannot stop those people from smearing me for making a legitimate observation. And besides, after what a group of WHITE maniacs did to me in the 1990s and beyond, there is nothing more that can be done. What is a racist anyway? I do know that in my heart I do judge people as individuals, not as a group. I am at peace with myself.

I realize it may have been God’s will that my career as it once was has been destroyed. But, I do find myself more concerned that the death of the United States of America, as we have known it, is at hand. This troubles me more than the death of my once promising career. I am aware there may be some of you reading this who do not share my feelings. Nevertheless, I do thank you for being such loyal fans who have become such loyal friends.

Bob Grant

Straight Ahead!


That slams the lid onthings for today

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