Monday, February 26, 2007

Name That Republic!!
I can name that republic in two hints

Once upon a time, there was this fledgling little republic. This brand spanking new little republic was born right in the middle of a war. And a nasty one at that.

Anyhow, two world super-powers threw their lot in with this new republic. Things didn't go well at first. Quite a bit of the folks on the home front weren't all that thrilled with their perspective nation pumping troops and money into an "unwinnable" war.

Both of these super-powers had many in their governments wailing that their armed forces were "stretched too thin" throughout the world, and were calling for a redeployment of the troops to be brought back home. And as the "cut and run" crew was adamant that they should leave because "that was is in reality, a civil war, and none of our business".

Hmmm.... what to do, what to do?

I wonder what would have happened to that fledgling little republic of those two super-powers would have left before victory was achieved? Common sense can answer that question fairly easily.

Oh, and if you think that I'm talking about President Bush of the United States, and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom supporting the fledgling little Republic of Iraq, Guess again.

I'm talking about His Most Catholic Majesty, Louis XVI of France and His Most Catholic Majesty, King Carlos III of Spain supporting a fledgling little republic that we all know nowadays as The United States of America.


Anonymous Animadversor said...

Uh, I believe that would be His Most Christian Majesty, Louis XVI. There are others: [S]o after St Stephen of Hungary converted his country to Christianity, he was given the title of "Apostolic King" by Pope Sylvester II - which privilege was inherited by the Austrian Emperors; the King of France was recognised by Pope Paul II in 1464 as "the Most Christian King", the King of Spain was called "Most Catholic Majesty", after Ferdinand conquered Granada in 1492; the King of Poland was "His Orthodox Majesty", after John Sobieki's relief of Vienna from the Turkish siege of 1683; and Pope Clement XI proclaimed King John V of Portugal and his successors the "Most Faithful Majesty",following the latter's battling the Turks. The presence in old Mission San Gabriel, not five miles from my home here in California of a Blessed Sacrament lamp given by King Charles III of Spain to the Mission in 1771, is a reminder of the part played by Catholic Monarchs in planting the Faith in the New World.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Uh, there was a point in time when he was known as His Most Catholic Majesty.

But we're not going to nit-pick and purposfully overlook the entire gist of this particular posting, now are we?

5:22 AM  
Blogger Al said...

Being a bit of a Revolutionary War Buff, I quickly caught the direction this was heading.

Unfortunately, today too many people forget that it was 6 yrs from Lexington & Concord to the end of the war. & another 6 until we got our Constitution that replaced the Articles of Confederation (which weren't finally in force til 1781).

& nobody wants to pay the cost. We need to remember what John Adams said to Abigail in a letter he wrote to her on 3 July 1776 about the cost that would have to be paid: "You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. - I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. - Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

7:33 AM  
Blogger Simon-Peter said...

Never heard of it.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Sure you've heard of the United States. We're the guys that saved your country twice during the 20th century. Oh, and we also rebuilt it right after WWII.

Are you sure you haven't heard of those minor historical episodes? It was in all the papers.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Simon-Peter said...

Well, perhaps you might like to, er, arrange for an incident in the UK requiring the massive deployment of Us forces to "temporarily" secure and protect public safety,and, er public health?


10:16 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

And why in the world would I want to, er, arrange that?

Do the Brits need American help AGAIN!!??

7:56 AM  
Blogger Simon-Peter said...


7:35 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Anything we can do to help, SP

8:03 PM  

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