Lost for Want of True Kings

The Orthosphere

“I am, and my father was before me, a violent Tory of the old school” (1).

My epigraph is from the first line of John Ruskin’s memoirs, and this confession appeared in that prominent place because the great man believed that a reader should know, before all else, that he was a “king-loving person.” As he went on to explain, an old-school Tory is a man inspired by “a most sincere love of kings,” and also by a no less cordial “dislike of everybody who attempts to disobey them.” Indeed, Ruskin said he had refused all invitations to visit America because he “could not, even for a couple of months, live in a country so miserable as to possess no castles.”

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

71 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.