Why Americans dislike Kings
My family, the Puritans, came to the New World to be free of being told what to do by the Church of England. And really, that meant the King of England. And being disloyal to a King can get you killed! So they left.
Of course, they became colonialists of England, but it just never set right with them. They wanted to break away. And in 1776, they did. And to this day, the people of the United States deeply resent Kings, Tyrants, and Dictators.
Of course, in the stories that I grew up with, and Disney movies, castles, Princesses, and all of that are the things of fantasy. I still refer to my dog as a "little Princess" and I'm flattered if someone calls me "Princely" or a "King among men". But the reality is something that my family fought against, beginning with the Revolutionary War.
At the risk of spoiling every Disney Princess for you, that type of wealth was based on a bunch of "fat cats" being rich while the rest of the people in the country lived in poverty to support their lavish lifestyle. Of course, your average Princess didn't spend much time outside of her little wealthy word of the castle, but if she did, she would have seen where all of the money came to pay for it. This was a world of feudalism, serfdom, and slavery. This was wealth based on colonialism, and conquest.
The United States rejected all of that. They rejected the Divine Right of Kings, they rejected an official State religion. There was to be no aristocracy, no worth based on class. No Kings, no Queens, no Princes, no Princesses.
After World War I and II, the attitudes towards Kings underwent a major change in the world. Tyrants, Dictators, and anyone who claimed to have a direct connect to God which allowed them to rule a country were disposed of, many times with horrific violence. And different types of governments were put in place, some Republic, some Democratic, some Communist, some Socialist. Russia took it to the extreme, pretty much outlawing religion, and going so far as to rename St. Petersburg to Leningrad.
But many people like the idea of Kings, and are willing to pay for them. In the UK, there are people who live in royal splendor, and the people there are happy to pay for their support. In fact, UK stands for "United Kingdom". No, they're not really ruled by a King, but they like to have one, just to look at. And many Americans get a big kick out of following the Royal Families, kind of like following celebrities, because they're rich and famous.
But not in the United States. The people of the United States aren't ruled by a Divine Ruler, they're ruled by laws. Those laws are interpreted by people. And those people can reference anything they like, any religion they like, any ideology, in order to interpret the law. But there are no Kings, Queens, Princes or Princesses.
Posted by Brad Hall