The United States A Monarchy Government?

United States
October 22, 2007 11:47pm CST
It sure seems that way to me. I'm not talking about the Kennedy's though. I'm talking about the current government officials. George Bush is related to Abraham Lincoln, for example. He is related to about 4-5 past presidents, not including his father. Recently, I've seen on the news how Vice President D!ck Cheney is also related to George Bush, as is Barack Obama. How many others in office are related to each other?
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@laylomo (166)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Well, it depends on how far back you trace lineage. In theory, we'll all related! But really, it depends on how far you trace the family lines. There are immediate family (like the Roosevelts or the Bushes)members who became president. But I do see where you're coming from; politics is a nepotistic business. It's easier to become president because of family ties for several reasons. 1. Those who often run have the political power (Bush's father, obviously, has a lot of political power amongst the political elites). 2. They often have the money. One can always argue that the political process simply omits those who are willing and capable simply because they don't have the means (the elitist theory, reminds me of US Government class) to run.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Oct 07
Ah the Kennedy's were Democrats so it is okay. It is only when the president is a Republican that it is terrible that the president is related or descended from former presidents. I do not think the US is a monarchy. So Bush's father was president but they had Clinton between, and then there was Theodore Roosevelt and then President Roosevelt during the Second World War. I think it is that if you have an ancestor who was in the White House or in Politics, you learn how to be a President. You are in that life and it normal that you would only marry someone whose family is in politics.
• United States
25 Oct 07
It is not about being a Democrat or a Republican. I was speaking about the American office holders that are in charge today. Besides, Theodore Roosevelt is related to the Bush family and the Cheney family. I don't believe the Kennedy family was related to any other big families in politics, which is another reason I left them out.
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
24 Oct 07
I think it is much more than that! I think that US government is more a plutocracy or an aristocracy!
• United States
25 Oct 07
I don't know what a plutocracy is, but I know all about aristocracy since my ancestors were German aristocrats lol. Thanks for the response!
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
23 Oct 07
...in ancient days, people thought some lines were so noble (sons of the 'gods' etc) that they would intermarry in the line to keep it pure.. this resulted in madness and genocides.. woe was the people! - This modern rumor of interrelatedness however, I'd be more inclined to think of as yet more disinformation in these days of high disinformation... :)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Those are some very interesting facts. I had never heard this before and will be watching to see if any one else can come up with some. Thanks for posting such an interesting subject. I think I heard somewhere that Clinton was related to the Kennedy's. Do you know if that is true or not? BSM