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Let’s get rolling…

I’m currently sitting in a hotel in London…
Ah, London…
Home of bitters, ale and all things British…

Pity about the food, though…

I had always thought of the British as, well, if not a shining example, at least a slightly less tarnished example of what a society could be if people would just try and get along…
That, of course, was quite a few years ago…
Since then I have had the blinders lifted, to some extent…

I have always despaired of America, of our inability to put aside our own un-enlightened self-interest in order to work for the common good…
It just seems so much worse lately…
I have come to believe that there are some very real problems with America’s system of government…
Voter intimidation/theft/fraud (pick your favorite) to rival any third world nation…
Policy decisions based upon what’s best for the corporation, not what’s best for the people…
Politicians who only care about remaining in power, who care more about winning than they do about being right…
The constant and quite alarmingly rapid erosion of personal liberties…

Need I go on…?

And how goes it with (my apologies to Shakespeare) “…these few, these happy few, this band of brothers…”

The news here in Britain is about how the PM wants to throw money at defense (by upgrading the nuclear submarine fleet as a means of detering terrorism), remove it from health care (by closing hospitals in favor of much larger, but fewer, regional health centers) and destroy the so-called green belt (by opening parts of it up to development)…
Let’s see…
That’s one handshake for the military contractors, one handshake for the health care industry and one kidney punch for the enviroment…

And there are closed-circuit cameras EVERYWHERE

As an American, the above sounds distressingly familiar…
Except with a posh accent…
From the other side of the street…

To be fair, these are proposals coming from… well… SOMEWHERE within the government of England…
It may or may not be the PM’s actual policy wishlist to impliment the above policy hitlist…
But to be equally fair, if you’re going to take the credit when things go well, then you have to take the heat when you make bone-headed proposals…

I still love this country.
I always have.
Don’t know why, just have…
It may have to do with so much of my family originating from these here parts…
It may have to do with youthful flights of fancy involving knights, kings, queens and things like castles and Stonehenge…
It may have to do with the disillusion I’ve felt as one of the dis-enfranchised majority in America…

Or it could just be the beer…
But it certainly ISN’T the food…

It’s just a theory…
I could be wrong…

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