Why on earth do some Americans idolise the royal family (considering well...yknow...our past), and the fact that you guys are a republic! You should be proud that you're in a republic!
Indeed, why does anyone even idolise the royal family?
By "the royal family", I'm assuming you mean the British
Are Americans obsessed with them? No. Are American tabloids and media obsessed with them? Sure. But they're obsessed with all celebrities. And it doesn't mean that ordinary Americans give a shit.
Aunty_Jack saidBut how more advanced America could be; like Canada. If America still had the Royal Family as Head of State, and was apart of the Commonwealth.
Nigeria is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. And most Commonwealth countries don't actually recognize the Queen as their head of state. Out of 53 Commonwealth members, only 16 still have the Queen as head of state, such as Canada, Jamaica, Britain, and 13 others. These 16 countries are called the Commonwealth Realms. Most of the other 53 Commonwealth members are republics (like Nigeria, India, and South Africa), though some are monarchies but with their own indigenous monarchy (like Malaysia).
The 53-member Commonwealth of Nations is merely an association of modern states that used to be part of the British Empire. What exactly the Commonwealth does is anybody's guess. It's not a real association of countries like the EU or ASEAN.
Aunty_Jack saidLook at England's history and some of it's most darkest years was when it was a Republic, under Cromwell.
Americans are taught a very distorted version of history, one that sets up a national narrative that Americans can be inspired by and believe in. One distorted central theme of the American national narrative is that the Pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom. In reality, the Puritans were kicked out of England & Scotland (Britain wasn't yet unified, but the crown was) for overthrowing the monarchy and setting up a brutal theocracy under Cromwell.
In theory, Britain and Canada today do not have separation of church and state, but have full religious freedoms in practice. We have religious freedom in the US as well, though not more so than Britain and Canada. And despite having church-state separation on paper, we don't fully practice that separation. God is mentioned on our money, after all.
In essence, it's a cruel waste of money. Just like trident should be scrapped and spent on other areas of society, so should the monarchy. What about the money you ask? It's good for the economy: use the palaces as museums...or even hotels.....
The monarchy doesn't actually cost the British public anything. The palaces, btw, are indeed owned by the state -not by the royal family- and many do indeed operate as museums and accept visitors. The royals do have some private residencies that do indeed personally belong to them, like Balmoral and Sandringham House. However, the big well-known palaces, like Buckingham, Windsor, and Holyrood belong to the British state, just as the White House is public property in the US, and doesn't personally belong to the president.