At least Republicans and Democrats are not killing each other....
Unless one believes Scandal is based on true events...
I am a veteran and happy that I do not need medical care from an insensitive and incompetent monster. The VA “scandal” seems to be a metaphor for all that is wrong with the United States Government and the country in general.
Be happy you’re not a parent in England.
News reports claim that the government is planning to pass laws to punish “emotional abuse” of children. It will be interesting to see how broadly that is defined. Will a parent be arrested for not appeasing a screaming child, who has been refuse an armful of candy on display at a grocery store check-out? Children are masters of manipulating parents with screaming tantrums, when they do not get their way. This is often (always?) misinterpreted by the busy-body faction, which is large in England. I can imagine long-suffering parents being fingered by malicious neighbors and “concerned” citizens.
There is too much room for overreach by government in an area where teaching discipline can be seen as abuse. Children need to mind their parents and governments need to mind their own business, which is rife with abuse.
Recently, I have been watching Scandal, the television series about scandalous behavior in and around the United States government. Although fiction, I believe such things transpire amongst power-hungry and greedy people. I could have become involved in government intrigue...if I had been married.
As a junior officer in the Army, I was commanded to interview for the position as a general’s aide d’ camp. I had little inkling what the job entailed, but showed up for the interview. One tends to follow orders, especially if they come from a general’s office. This general was not in the normal chain of command, but ensconced in a building in an outlying compound away from the main base. No one knew what he did.
Fortunately, I was not chosen, being told that the lack of a wife was a disadvantage. The aide does the bidding of the general, but the aide’s wife becomes the personal slave of the general’s wife. Being an officer’s wife is bad enough; being the wife of a general’s aide is hell. Aide’s tend to stay close to the generals to which they have been a aide.
Many years later, I read about the general that interviewed me in the news. He was under congressional--perhaps even criminal--investigation for the Iran Contra scandal. If I had become his aide, I would surely have gotten closer to events than I would have wished.
And, that’s one part of the reason why I believe Scandal. People in large organizations do things, regardless of the rules governing their behavior, because they think they are right. This becomes particularly dangerous with the power of government to protect their own...
Jon Stewart’s name should be added to the list of great Americans. And, I would add him to the list of people I would like to have as friend, with whom I could enjoy an occasional dinner. Of course, I’m too boring to merit such a waste of his time, but I am permitted to fantasize.
He seems to be the smartest guy on television, far more clever than most of the people he interviews. And, more intelligent than other television hosts. Why can’t he be King of the United States? That would solve many problems and be far more entertaining than the current government. I’m sure that he would behead most members of the Senate and House of Representatives, an act that would surely please most of his new subjects.
A view into the abyss from outside and inside...
While we’re on the subject of absurdity...
The always-clever, but unfortunately insightful, Gail Collins on how stupid US politicians are.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.