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The other day our friend Kid reported on the meticulous, painstaking, time-consuming, incredibly exacting standards those who guard The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier must adhere to regarding their uniforms and personal appearance. At first I thought, “Isn’t that a bit much?” but then the following thoughts occurred to me.
Impressive, indeed, –– and a superb answer to the leftist destructionists and thoughtless redneck rubes who urge doing away with the Royal Family and all the pageantry that characterizes the heart and soul of once-but-Alas-no-longer-Great Britain.
SYMBOLS are of vital importance –– especially when they are LIVING symbols. That's why maintaining these seemingly ridiculous high standards described in Kid’s article are vitally important. It's not the uniforms –– or even the men who wear them –– that matter; it's the ideals and principles they REPRESENT.
Once a nation denigrates, disrespects and discards the SYMBOLS of its past and potential glory that nation loses its identity and soon becomes moribund.
In plainer language:
Can you imagine a U.S. President, a Senator, a Representative, a Supreme Court Justice –– or your children's Schoolteacher for that matter –– performing their duties unshaven with unbrushed teeth, and uncombed hair in baggy, threadbare jeans and a dirty T-shirt after not having bathed for a month?