I recently watched another episode in the “Sharpe” series about the battle of Waterloo. It amazes me how the gods of political correctness and revisionist history worm their way into everything. In this episode there is blatant manipulation of historical fact, in order to make those with hereditary right seem almost semi retarded. The main target in this episode was the Dutch Prince of Orange. He was portrayed as completely out of touch with reality, making tactical decisions that caused several massacres of his men. His nickname among the British was “silly Billy”.
The historical perspective is quite different. The Prince of Orange served in the British armed forces, he was respected by the British troops because of his courage and was called “Slender Billy” by them. He was even wounded in the battle of Waterloo. He would later go on to concede to the liberals in 1840’s, something I am not thrilled with myself.
It seems that the vast majority of films made in the west are compelled to show at least one nearly sub human aristocrat, either drunk with power, or a 3 year old boy in an adult man’s body. Yet, who won the battle of Waterloo? Who beat back Napoleon from Spain? An aristocrat and military genius named Wellington. Who were the officers who scoured the globe by land and sea to make the British empire what it was? Aristocratic officers did this.
Likewise, we have many officers, government officials and politicians, all the way up to the presidency, who have been incompetent fools in an elected system as well. Aren’t people complaining that Congress is out of touch with America? Those are the same congressmen who are elected by the “people” and “for the people”.
People being people, I am certain that there were aristocrats who were power hungry, cared nothing for those under their command, were corrupt or sexual deviants. It seems to me that we have just the same amount of these people in a democratic government, all you need to do is read the newspapers.