King Juan Carlos of Spain, the reigning monarch, has announced that he will abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Prince Felipe. Apparently, this abdication thing is going around. Luckily (for clarity's sake), he did not abdicate just half of it, but the whole thing.
If you are a student of the arcane but sometimes fascinating science of European dynastic succession, you might point out that Juan Carlos should not be King anyway, as he is not first in the Legitimist line. If you are a Carlist, I salute you, but let us deal in the de facto realm for a bit.
Rorate has tweeted some photos of the republicans (read: Catholic-hating, priest-killing, communists) rallying after the announcement of the King's upcoming abdication. It was an anti-monarchy rally, calling for a Third Spanish Republic. I want to post some pics below to give you a flavor of it, and to impress upon readers (especially in the U.S.) that monarchy still matters in the minds of many-- and if you don't believe, look at how it motivates the enemies of civilization:
Juan Carlos was as respected a figure to the republicans as a monarch could be. He reigned over the transition from Generalissimo Francisco Franco's rule of one to a constitutional monarchy; he declined to become an absolute monarch, though reportedly that was Franco's succession plan. Then, to seal the fate of any semblance of Catholic governance in Spain, he publicly and successfully opposed the attempted military coup in 1981. I read one Catholic commenter on Twitter put it this way: Juan Carlos "inherited from Generalissimo a Catholic country and he left us a satanic beach destination."
|In Spain, the Civil War is never over.|
|Like I said, Never Over.|
|Truth in advertising, for a change|
If you want a concise summary of the republican attitude towards Kings, here you go:
|That's a mock guillotine. Mock, for now.|
Like I said, Americans don't know from monarchy. But these things matter more than you realize. Christendom is dead and buried, as an enfleshed reality. But when Christendom dies as an ideal, then you will have the end.
You see that the communists of 1936 have their heirs. And their opponents? There used to be warriors like these to defend the Faith, King and Country:
Are there any left? Do the defenders of civilization have their heirs?