|Prince William and Kate Middleton: Canada's Future King and Queen|
Well, it certainly wasn't a good day to be a republican in the Commonwealth yesterday. During most of the day, media in this country and abroad were producing story after story about Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement. Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with online chatter about the future king and queen. And, people in coffee shops and around the water cooler were commenting on how nice a couple William and Kate are. Ah yes, nothing like a good ole' royal wedding to put people in a happy mood.
Except, of course, if you're a republican...
Republicans now find themselves in one heck of a predicament. How on earth do you counter the enormous spike in interest in the Royal Family, and in turn, support for the institution of the monarchy?
Faced with such an insurmountable problem republicans fell over themselves yesterday - clumsy stunt after another - to try to gather some attention in an attempt to stay relevant.
The republican groups in Australia and New Zealand were quick to offer their own congratulatory messages. How sweet. Too bad nobody paid much attention. And, the republican group in the UK opted to focus on how much the royal wedding was going to cost British taxpayers. As if the small expense incurred is going to bankrupt the country and ignoring the obvious economic benefits (not to mention heightened morale) that will ultimately result.
The republican group here in Canada - with their whopping 90 members on Facebook - kept quiet.
Republicans insisted that the royal wedding is good for their cause.
(I'll wait til you stop laughing at that one)
Then, things turned nasty. Republicans flooded to their usual online forums to vent. No rational debate. No reasons given as to how a republic would actually be any better than a monarchy. Just petty insults and grasping at straws.
November 16, 2010 was not a good day to be a republican.
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I'd like to thank everyone in the League who helped with media inquiries. It was definitely a busy day - probably the busiest single day I have experienced since becoming chairman. Your hard work and support is what drives our League and our cause. Thank-you.
Until next time,
Robert / The D.C.