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Douglas Andrews / September 12, 2022

The Left’s Vile Attacks on the Queen

The death of Queen Elizabeth II brought out the very worst in the enemies of Western Civilization.

On Friday, we covered the death of Queen Elizabeth II at 96, and we included the vile words of Uju Anya, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying,” said Anya in a tweet since deleted by Twitter. “May her pain be excruciating.”

What kind of sick, hate-filled person says such a thing?

Answer: a leftist.

But, in fairness, not all leftists. Anya’s words caught the attention of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who felt compelled to respond, “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”

For once we agree with Bezos. Unfortunately, Anya’s sentiment wasn’t the outlier one might expect. Others on the Left also felt the need to defile the memory of the “conscientious, hardworking, and self-disciplined” monarch, whose seven decades on the throne were marked by class, decency, and quiet dignity.

This, for example, was the contribution of the Huffington Post’s Stephen Crockett: “The way I wish newspapers would write: ‘Colonizers lost one of their most beloved foot soldiers as Queen Elizabeth II, 96, mostly known for f*cksh*t and racism, has died.’”

Jamele Hill, who writes for The Athletic, couldn’t resist rising to Anya’s defense: “Journalists are tasked with putting legacies into full context,” she tweeted, “so it is entirely appropriate to examine the queen and her role in the devastating impact of continued colonialism.”

Fine. By all means, examine away. But how about condemning the calls for the Queen’s pain to be “excruciating”?

Queen Elizabeth didn’t support Brexit, of course, but there was the movement’s cofounder, Nigel Farage, defending her against those “that want to destroy everything that our civilizations are about.”

“To those who will attack her and think she’s linked to colonialism,” Farage told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, “this woman put on a military uniform to fight Hitler in World War II. This woman went all over the world to Black Africa and elsewhere doing all she could to genuinely help people. I really think we must stand up and defend this great woman.”

Farage continued: “There may be some in academia, there may be some writing for The New York Times that want to sully the memory of this great woman,” he said. “But I would argue that today has passed not just the most famous person in the world, but probably the most admired and respected person in the world.”

Daily Mail columnist Grace Curley called out those on the Left who clearly flunked history:

No one has to mourn the Queen. But for those who feel she carried the original, indelible sins of colonialism and was the face of a backward, sinister institution, may I make a suggestion? Maybe, just maybe, get your facts straight.

As many — more professional — journalists pointed out, Queen Elizabeth was obviously not personally responsible for the expansion of the British empire over hundreds of years. Moreover, the British parliament directed British foreign policy for the entirely of her 70-year reign. But why allow facts to get in the way of a woke narrative?

What is it about leftists and this self-loathing, this irresistible urge to trash their Anglo-American heritage? Farage has an idea: “This is pure Marxism,” he said. “It’s about bringing down western civilization. We have to fight to defend it.”

Founder John Adams warned us about this more than 200 years ago: “Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. … Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

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