The only monarchy I know anything about, and that's very little, is the Queen of England and her family. Whether or not they wield any political influence other than as Good-Will Ambasadors, I don't know. In this country, people do have political influence if they are born into a particular family. If one is born into a wealthy family, they grow up associating with other's who are wealthy. A child of wealthy parents doesn't spend much time, if any, associating with those of the middle or lower income groups. So, as adults, who are they going to listen to, associate with, work with, etc. Those they have known while growing up of course. If any of those people are or have been in politics, then they, as friends and associates will be able to influence the politician & they really don't have a clue as to how things they might suggest affect those of lower income levels, not having been a member of those groups.
at 12:07 PM on Apr. 5, 2011