As the European question has brought a renewed focus to the functionality of Britain's constitutional monarchy, now is the ideal time to exercise an examination of its application in the 21st century.
Paying homage to the pamphlet Common Sense written by Thomas Paine, and drawing from the Enlightenment political philosophies of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, in this sociopolitical essay, Ridley examines the current state of British affairs, and advances moral and political arguments for the abolition of the monarchy, the elevation of Britain as a secular nation, the expansion of democracy and devolution, and the enshrinement of the inalienable rights of all in a written Constitution and Declaration of Liberties.
"WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, a prosperous and resilient people, have long been led to believe that we enjoy a greater range of liberties and protections than we currently possess.
We, through an unfortunate and persisting sense of collective docile acquiescence, shackled in an unholy marriage to the gluttonous excesses of Westminster, have instead taken our freedoms for granted; predicated upon the assumption that the inscription of law guarantees the everlasting realisation of our liberties, and not that the organisation of the People is the first and best guarantee of freedom, democracy, and equality before the law.
We have instead, rather than passionately taking possession of and defending our liberties as our inalienable rights, resigned ourselves to a most egregious and unforgivable concession by permitting the mantle of defence to be the territory of successive morally fickle monarchs and Parliaments. Such institutions have long acted as if they retain full control over our liberties, acting as a parental overseer, rationing out our liberties to us as subjects, as though they were charitable bestowments to the deserving poor, cloaked under the illusory claim they are our own intractable possessions as citizens.
No longer should we entertain such a serf-like attitude; a state of mind that is deeply entrenched within trusting in the presupposed gracious magnanimity of our leaders, but loudly defend such liberties that they are our own, and not for any institution to bestow or arbitrarily rescind."