An Address To The Two Houses of….?

The election shortly to take place within the USA.

On the candidates, I have my opinions, I have my views, but since I don’t have a vote I’m keeping my mouth shut.

I like the USA, I am very fond of the folk. So you’ll excuse me if I gently move through you and walk straight up to the political classes whose past few decades of their composite impersonation (and a bad one at that) of The Three Stooges needs addressing. Now I’m sticking with the last 116 years as the pervious centuries, different times and; nations growing are not pretty sights.

So

Hey! You lot! Yeh looking at you dancing about the place, making vacuous pronouncements, playing to the gallery, blocking government just because The Other Side has come up with an idea that doesn’t suit your backers or shriller constituents. I daresay there might be some good work going on behind the scenes, but you aren’t making much show of that. All we seem to know, if we listen to you is that the opposition is either in the thrall of Satan, Multi-Nationals, or Socialist (Oooooh I do love that one. Capitol Hill Boys n’ Girls, if you heard a real socialist the resulting trauma to your sensibilities would have you in therapy for a month!!!). You have the gall to claim you care for the taxpayer while you live the comfortable life-style! Oh you know your constitution, yes indeed you’re well up on the letter of it, but do you care about the spirit of it! How many of your constituents are currently in the pursuit of happiness! Now I know Presidential Elections are a rough business and can be quite a brawl, but this one? We were just one step away from ‘Did not!’ ‘Did too!!’

Has it occurred to your political mind democracy comes at a cost. The defence of your liberties and the price of your mistakes and grandstanding?

Take a look at the table below

 

WAR                                      Deaths                                    Wounded       Missing

WWI                                       116,516                                   204,002           3,350

 

WWII                                      405,399                                   1,076,245        30,314

 

Korea                                      36,516                                     92,314             4,759

 

Vietnam                                  58,209                                     153,303           2,489

 

Gulf War                                      294                                     1,143               –

 

Iraq                                          4,497                                       32,222                    2

 

Afghanistan                            1,954                                       18,675                  –

 

And those are just the ‘big’ ones out of the 20th & 21st ( centuries…..well in the latter case…so far)

And those figures don’t include the grieving families and friends. Or the cost for the survivors.

And I’ve not even started on the figures for your emergency services who paid a price, nor your miners, steelworkers, railway workers, construction workers, oil workers, and the rest who paid it in putting together the bones and sinews of your nation.

 

The USA did not come cheap Boys ‘n Girls.

You owe all of those mentioned above…big!!

They gave you the place, quit turning it into a kindergarten playground!! (And while we’re about it, looking at you professional pundits and screamers who make big bucks just shouting your mouths off…I’ve heard more sense coming out of the other end of cows, and don’t think I’ve forgotten you folks who quote but don’t actually read the message of the Bible)

The USA deserves better.

 

Good day to you all (I’m off now to work up a similar charge at the UK govts & parties and maybe part of the public itself….I smell blood).

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38 thoughts on “An Address To The Two Houses of….?

    1. Thanks Lucy.
      It is one of my quirky ideas to turn up at Republican Party members meeting get onto the stage announce I am British and explain socialism.
      As most Americans are quite nice if you are polite I’m guessing 5 mins into the meeting a friendly person will gently lead me off the stage and introduce me to a doctor. (I might get a cuppa tea and a slice of some local cake out of it)
      The rest of the meeting would be a discussion as what the ‘Sam Hill’ was ‘he’ talking about.
      My other plan is to turn up at Congress with a Karl Marx mask on and shout ‘Boo!’

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      1. I would pay good money to see both of these events, as would a great many other people, I imagine! The tea and cake might not be quite up to the British standard you are used to, but if you give me fair warming I shall come along and arrange the catering for you.

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      2. It would be so cool.
        Because there is such a wide gap between the philosophies, motivations and perceptions of political ideas I really think ordinary folk would be fascinated at someone trying to explain what appeared to be such a weird system (Socialism would never work in the US- far too big and diverse a land).
        My real delight would be to annoy politicians and pundits in insisting it would.
        In conclusion I agree the tea might be lacking, (please bring tea!!) but I hear some folk in the US can do a truly killer-chocolate cake!! (Ahh bliss!!) 🙂

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      3. It would be a brilliant experiment, I can see the utter disbelief in their eyes now. Many wouldn’t be able to conceive the idea at all, I reckon.
        If there’s one thing our cousins across the pond do well, it’s cakes, yes. But I absolutely insist on organising the tea. You can’t take on a task of this magnitude without it!

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      4. 😄…being a solid brit through and through it would have to a large helping of French fries, or boiled potatoes (mashed) and gravy….. ON reflection I think I’ll ‘hold’ the host and just have the rest! 😄

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  1. Excellent post. I come to believe that Diversity, our greatest strength over here, is also our greatest weakness. It appears that the greatest threat to our democracy is our own bizarre desire to destroy it.

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      1. I remember years ago, someone remarked that all it takes is the passing of two generations after a war for a culture to forget the horror of it all.
        In Japan, President Abe is trying to whip up a military build-up, but there are too many octogenarian Japanese, my wife’s mother, who lives in Osaka, is one of them. who well remember the aftermath of WW II. She told me one evening, “There was nothing left, nothing.”

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      2. I remember reading a quote from an American soldier who served in WWII in the Graves unit (I forget the exactly title). He said:
        “A body has a funny smell. Y’know if more folk could smell that I think there would be less wars,”

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  2. I wish they would hear you, but I’m afraid that’s a dream that isn’t likely to come true. The challenges are so multi-layered as voters are often uninformed and/or uninterested (and kept that way through political propaganda). Truth is hard to come by and money is valued over people who are mere statistics on a cost/benefit analysis. Hillary will win and the Republicans will block and sabotage every single thing she tries to do, even those things that are good for their own constituents. Four more years of stagnation and blame. UGH. Thanks for cheering me up!

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    1. We had a similar experience in the UK over the Brexit referendum, except we substituted ‘money’ for ‘race’ (though being British we tried to pretend we weren’t; except for some from ‘the lower classes’ who were rather embarrassing to the cause). Now the entire political class is trying to work out just what happens next, while pretending they know exactly.
      At this stage it usually takes a very nasty shock to shake people into their senses (Usually along the lines of conventional World Wars or threats of conventional World Wars
      As we used to say back in the 1960’s ‘Bad scene man,’
      The learning curve seems to be going down, up to little folk I guess to keep hold of sanity and sense of perspective and hope it becomes contagious!

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      1. Race is an issue here too, without a doubt, and the unabashed bigotry is stunning. I still believe most people are capable to kindness, and it’s only the loudest voices that get the attention. I wish the media would step to the plate and favor the truth over ratings.

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    1. Thanks Lennon.
      Serious note: I was much influenced by three books Michael Herr’s ‘Despatches’ (Vietnam) Max Hasting’s ‘Nemesis’ (WWII- Pacific) and James D Hornfischer’s ‘Neptunes’ Inferno (WWII- US/Japanese naval battles around Guadalcanal in 1942). What those men and boys went through, had to deal with, suffered, accomplished or survived is very sobering. To see this generation of politicians act like a bunch of teenagers after their first mouthful of ‘booze’ in the aftermath of all those sacrifices just burns me up (I’ve got my own country’s in the sights but my wife says I must restrict my rants to keep my blood pressure down).
      All the best Lennon. (Keep your posts coming, they are a great antidote to what comes out of the media outlets)

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      1. Tons of suffering from the wars that’s for sure. Our government healthcare for veterans is horrible too. They’re not treated with the respect or care they actually need. And, what we have to choose from here for president is repulsive for both parties. It’s scary! Ok, enough of this, don’t want to get that BP boiling – Have a great day Roger!

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      2. You too Lennon!
        Check this out…written by the English poet Rudyard Kipling. Although an English upper-class and believer in the British Empire he wrote some very empathetic poems about the ordinary soldier’s lot:

        Tommy (This was the universally accepted slang word for the British Soldier, even used by the German armies in both world wars)

        I WENT into a public ‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
        The publican ‘e up an’ sez, ” We serve no red-coats here.”
        The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
        I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
        O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ” Tommy, go away ” ;
        But it’s ” Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play
        The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
        O it’s ” Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

        I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
        They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
        They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
        But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
        For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ” Tommy, wait outside “;
        But it’s ” Special train for Atkins ” when the trooper’s on the tide
        The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
        O it’s ” Special train for Atkins ” when the trooper’s on the tide.

        Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
        Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap.
        An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
        Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
        Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul? ”
        But it’s ” Thin red line of ‘eroes ” when the drums begin to roll
        The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
        O it’s ” Thin red line of ‘eroes, ” when the drums begin to roll.

        We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
        But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
        An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
        Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
        While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Tommy, fall be’ind,”
        But it’s ” Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind
        There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
        O it’s ” Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

        You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
        We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
        Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
        The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
        For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! ”
        But it’s ” Saviour of ‘is country ” when the guns begin to shoot;
        An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
        An ‘Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

        (Now doesn’t that sound familiar…….)

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  3. The last few days have shown that the ‘democracy’ so beloved by both American and British politicians, when it suits them, is breaking down. In the US it looks as if there is no satisfactory outcome. If Trump wins – no longer a remote possibility – only hope for sanity is a Democratic Congress. If Clinton wins then Trump, apparently, and 25% of his supporters, apparently, won’t accept the result.
    Meanwhile, over here, Mrs. May’s cosy plans have hit a snagette, and the whole Brexit problem will scar the political and personal horizon for eons.
    The likely winner in all of this is probably that smug bastard Putin, who couldn’t have wished for a better Christmas present.
    Greatly enjoyed your piece, keep going.

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    1. Thank you.
      Yes I agree; Russia is on one of its regular historical rises, with the usual intention to impose control of Eastern Europe. It’s nothing new, at least since Peter The Great; how nice of us to help them.
      Meanwhile the British press is so rabid that even Tory MPs are worried!!
      Strange world.
      All of us on WP must keep writing; this is a Rabid-Free zone.

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  4. This was a flawless piece, Roger!
    The statistics that you included are very sobering. In reading the comments, I have to agree with those who’ve pointed out that there is a faction of folks (In the UK and the US) that have taken such a hard stance that they will undermine anything that the ‘other’ guy does; even if it might benefit them.
    Geez!
    In America, this whole thing has turned into a long ass Looney Tunes episode!
    Bugs Bunny is running these dummies around the tree!
    Folks who claim to be anti-socialism (not really knowing what socialism means) are now backing Trump and his bromance with communist Putin.
    WTF?
    Seriously? Wasn’t communism (And they don’t know what that is either) public enemy number one in the eyes of conservative America?
    Lunacy…that’s all there is to it!

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    1. Yep Gwin, folk do at time look like the background characters in the 1950s & 1960s MAD magazine strips.
      Mr P probably can’t believe his luck – The UK Brexit & USA Pres elections, where all the main protagonists at doing Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd impressions!
      No wonder the public are in a collective dizzy fit

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      1. Russian leaders are often ‘invited’ to ‘retire’ in rickety wooden houses at least 500 miles east of Moscow. Funnily enough they don’t get tried and shot….must be the human face of socialism 😉

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