Great women rulers

A patriarchist doesn’t mind being ruled by a woman, just as long as it isn’t his own wife.  The Mad Monarchist has put up profiles of two of my favorites. 

First, there’s my favorite of the Habsburg rulers, Empress Maria Theresa:

As Empress consort, Maria Theresa certainly succeeded in securing the succession of the Hapsburg throne, having 16 children, 9 of whom lived to adulthood. She also set an example of moral and devout Catholic leadership when most of the rest of Europe had fallen prey to ideas of nationalistic tyranny, influenced by the “Enlightenment”. Maria Theresa also cared deeply for her people and would visit them in disguise to learn the true state of affairs in her realm and hear the honest opinion of her people. She greatly improved the lives of her people and the economy of Austria by cutting taxes for the poor and, for the first time in Austrian history, taxing the nobility. She built up a strong and efficient military so that Austria would not be caught at a disadvantage again, she improved the justice system, gave the poor the opportunity for an education and allowed peasants to own their own land rather than constantly being at the mercy of the landed aristocracy. She also provided a refuge for the Jesuits when her son, Emperor Joseph II, and even the Church turned against them.

Then there’s Tran Le Xuan, “Madame Nhu“, recently deceased:

Madame Nhu was, in every respect, a fiery and committed woman, which both her friends and her many enemies could agree on. She played a leading role in the moral reform President Diem instituted in South Vietnam, closing down brothels, opium dens and gambling houses. She was at the front of imposing what was known as the “campaign for public morality” on South Vietnam, which included the abolition of divorce, contraceptives and abortion. Nightclubs and ball rooms were also often targets. Even beauty pageants were halted as Madame Nhu believed they simply contributed to the objectification of women.

I think I’m in love.  And it gets better.

…at the height of Buddhist protests against the Diem administration. Like others, she accused the Buddhists of being infiltrated by the Viet Cong and when a Buddhist monk from Hue burned himself alive in protest, she commented that it was the Buddhist leaders who “barbequed” the monk, and even then, had relied on foreign help as the gasoline used was imported…When other protests followed she caused another stir by saying, “Let them burn, and we will clap our hands”.

I’m glad I’m not the only one to realize and clearly state the sheer evil that is the communist-Buddhist alliance.  They are a perfect match, the philosophy that denies that there are distinct persons and the political system that mows down all distinctions leaving humanity and undifferentiated mass.

Jeff Culbreath also has a nice memorial to Madame Nhu.  In the comments, Lydia says that Nhu erected a “Catholic police state”.  Oddly, she says this as if that were a bad thing.

2 Responses

  1. “I’m glad I’m not the only one to realize and clearly state the sheer evil that is the communist-Buddhist alliance.”

    Let’s not forget that the CIA was included in that unholy admixture — John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Ngô Đình Diệm, and the Buddhist Crisis of 1963.

    “These events occurred at a time when both Catholic presidents were making clear signals that it was time for the American presence to end. By the end of the year, both Catholic presidents had been assassinated within a few weeks of each other.”

  2. The Mad Monarchist’s article ends thusly:

    Finally, America decided to abandon the Diem administration and secretly backed the 1963 coup against him. After being removed from power, Diem was assassinated along with his brother Nhu. Madame Nhu was, at that time, on a tour of the United States giving speeches in support of Vietnam’s war against Communism. When hearing of the event and the rumored involvement of the United States she said, “Whoever has the Americans as allies does not need enemies”. She went on to predict a dark future for her country, which was sadly to prove all too acurate. With Diem gone, the U.S. was firmly in control of the Vietnam conflict and Madame Nhu retired from public life to Italy.

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