Saturday, September 19, 2009

Habsburgs seek right to seek Austrian presidency

Lawyers for the Habsburgs are trying to overturn the ban on members of the dynasty which ruled Austria for centuries until 1918 running for the republic's [ceremonial] presidency. I have mixed feelings about this. A monarchist might be expected to side with councillor Ulrich Habsburg-Lorraine and enjoy the chance to point out the republic's hypocrisy. But in a sense it is fitting for the Habsburgs to be excluded from the office of president of the republic, as the Republic of Austria (which in my view has no right to exist and deserves no respect from anyone, least of all the Habsburgs) is the antithesis of all for which the Habsburgs stood.

Habsburgs should be Emperors, not Presidents, and with all due respect to former MEP Archduke Otto, I have always felt that involvement in the democratic process as politicians is beneath the dignity of royalty. I could perhaps support a Habsburg presidential campaign if it were intended as a step towards restoration of the monarchy, but this does not seem to be what Ulrich, as a "Green," has in mind. As long as full royal restoration eludes the Habsburgs, it is perhaps better for the law to remain on the books, reminding Austrians that the Republic represents a negation and defeat of their ancient heritage, and even after 90 years remains fearful of Austria's legitimate rulers.

5 comments:

Aaron Traas said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly. The law should remind people of the hypocrisy of the current government, as well that the Hapsburgs are a family set apart in Austria.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

I basically agree with your position, sir, that royalty should not run for elected office, although I would make an exception for elective monarchies.

However, we must remember that royalty sees itself as being on a mission. It is understandable that if they are denied carrying out their mission via traditional means, they will seek alternatives.

Matterhorn said...

This is a tough one for me. My immediate reaction, like yours, is that they should disdain to take part in these maneuvres but on the other hand, as Mr. Baltzersen says, they might see it as the only way of carrying out at least some vestige of their public function.

Viola said...

I agree with Matterhorn, I think. I can see what you mean, but it seems a pity to deny a Hapsburg a role in the government if that is what he wants. One has to admire the desire to be of public service - especially after the way that the Hapsburgs were treated!

A Legista said...

It is not any discovery for me. All over the world only two dynasties try to be restored at their thrones - the Russian and Brazilien Imperial Families. Others agree with "democratic hehemony".