King George III is remembered as the “mad” British king responsible for losing the American colonies that became the United States of America, a constitutional democratic republic. The nature and cause of Mad King George’s George’s illness remain unknown but still invite debate.
The new American constitutional republic turned its back on King George III [shown here in Allan Ramsay’s portrait “King George III in coronation robes”] and all those royals who would claim the thrown as George’s successors. But old habits die hard, and, it seems, old Kings never die.
Mad kings like King George III occasionally re-appear in dark suits and red ties without their coronation robes when a free people forgets its origins. “Mad King George” disguises himself as the people’s sole protector against barbarian invaders who threaten his realm. “Mad King George” throws a fit as defender of the republic, and once again raids the nation’s treasury to protect an anxious people from the threat that comes from his head.
Today, the White House website featured a Valentine’s Day story highlighting the royal couple’s compassion for the less fortunate: “‘[Queen Charlotte] brought Valentine’s Day cards to young patients being treated at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health’ and spent the afternoon making arts and crafts with about a dozen children and their siblings, Caitlin Yilek reports in the Washington Examiner.”
Later this morning, King George III, acting under the powers granted him by the U.S. Constitution, solemnly declared a national emergency and raid the national treasury to stop the invasion on his southern border. Announcing his decision in the White House Rose Garden, he declared, as he had centuries before in England, “Anyone who does not agree with me is a traitor and a scoundrel.” Meanwhile, the “quad-amputee” of James Gillray’s cartoon continued to sit on the ground to his left with his hat between the stubs of his legs.
I never believed in ghosts, but I do believe experience is our best teacher. Some ghosts come back to haunt us. After all these years, the ghost of “Mad King George” has emigrated to the colonies to reclaim the subjects he once lost.
— Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Feb. 16, 2019.