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"What's with this rabble?" bores

So he's come. Prince Charles, the man who, against my will, I had to pledge allegiance to, the future King of Canada. Like all naturalized Canadian citizens I had to take the citizenship oath or be denied. The oath says I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen. Trust me no American wants to plege allegiance to the English monarchy but at least we were warned. (Matthew Adams, “Prince Alarming: Why Charles’ visit should make us royally sad,”, 6 November 2009)

But weren't all the dragons killed off in the 13th-century? I could understand having knights around then, but I don't quite see their use now. But I guess if they've got all that royal blood, there's nothing to be done about it.

Actually, what are doing with "nations"? Isn't that an 18th-century concept? -- the successor to empires and fiefdoms? Anyway, if we're stuck with countries, it sure is unfair Americans got all "unalienable rights of man" rebels and "pursuit of happiness" dreamers, and Canada got all the "what's with this rabble?" bores. Don't you agree?

Link: “Prince Alarming” (


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