If you need a old maid Queen who hasn't done a thing in 50 years or her ridiculous son (A fool across the civilized world) to define English culture for ya, i think it's a sad indictment for English culture to begin with.
I did not say they defined English culture. They are a PART of it. One of many parts that go to make our culture so interesting.
The English have always given us greatness without the monarchy (Benny Hill, the Beatles, etc, Bob Hope) - Dump the monarchy fast!!
And put what in its place? Give Tony Blair all the power? No way!
As for America, i don't think anybody would be upset if our dependent little friends over the water critiqued us. We're the GReatest country on the face of the earth so a few insults now and then won't hurt us.
And the most arrogant country, so it seems. For the most part, patriotism and culture seem to go hand in hand, but not with America, I have noticed. Lots of patriotism, very little culture. America may be the most powerful country in the world, but that doesn't mean the greatest.
I really feel sorry for a people that have to kow tow to a class system like jolly old England. Ridiculous.
I do not kow tow. Read what I said again, and you'll see that.
Sorry to sound aggressive, but your attack on the Royal Family was unprovoked, and while I admit they are purely symbolic nowadays, they do serve as a piece of cultural heritage.
If you have to question this, you'll probably never understand.
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