God Help America

God help America – I have never believed that there exists a ‘special relationship’ with America. I know many American people, have visited their country on several occasions and have American friends. But one can only question their claim to be the “Land of the brave and the home of the free”, when they come close to electing buffoons like Mitt Romney.

So what does Mr Romney think of our Country? We are, apparently, a small island with small houses that doesn’t make things that people want! Well partly true! We are not huge in size and some of us do live in terraced houses because we fit a lot of people onto our land mass but what a dismissal of the World’s 7th largest economy.

He came to London a couple of weeks ago and showed no comprehension of how we govern ourselves, what our values were and questioned our preparedness for running the Olympics. We can ask questions about how the Olympics are going but it just is not the sort of thing that a guest muses publicly! What was this Mr Leader stuff – does he think we are a soviet republic?

It would be risible if Romney wasn’t the latest in a line of Republican half wits. Sarah Plain knew all about Russia because she could see it from her home in Alaska and thought Africa was a Country. George Bush Junior only got elected because his brother had effectively rigged the electoral register to preclude many Democrat voters from voting at all.

The face of America that we see is a very low grade culture indeed. Crap TV programmes and ‘food like McDonalds’ and KFC’ which is leading to massive obesity problems first in America and now in other parts of the world.

It doesn’t need to be this way. I stayed awake the night that Obama got elected. I thrilled as he strode out into that Chicago Park to receive the cheers as the first black man elected in America. I thought, and still think, that under his leadership America really could lead the World, starting with his own country, towards a more rational foreign intervention policy of aid and support and not war and death. . . . . . . . . . . O.K. so I got that wrong and I don’t often admit that.

I now ask myself how a country which claims to be Christian can have massive debates about whether poor people should be entitled to decent health facilities. I know we have our differences of opinion here but no-one disputes the fact that the Government should provide free first time service to anyone of our citizens who needs it.

America, in the response to the shooting tragedy at the cinema showing the latest Batman film more people bought guns after the shooting than before. The fact is that you are 100 times more likely to get killed by a gun in America than you are in the UK. Other murder rates are also considerably higher than our own. We had two shooting tragedies and tightened the gun ownership laws they have loads of tragedies every day and loosen theirs.

I really hope that Obama wins again in November. The thought of a prejudiced cuckoo becoming the Leader of a Country which claims a common heritage to our own is quite repugnant. If there is a bridge across the Atlantic between the UK and America I hope it is a drawbridge. Because if Romney wins I fervently hope that we will draw it up and cut them off!

There could eventually be a good outcome from the November’s presidential election if Obama wins, as he well might given his opponent’s dismal appeal with voters despite the dire economy – that could set a result for a win in 2016 for “Mitt the Twit’s” running mate Paul Ryan.

When Mitt Romney accidentally introduced his new running mate Paul Ryan, as the “next president of the United States” he may have been right. Paul Ryan has electrified the race to the White House which up to this point had threatened to be a tedious slugging match between an ineffective President and his robotic gaffe prone challenger.

Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman lives and breathes old American values of hard work and self sufficiency. A devout Roman Catholic and pro-lifer he has had a down to earth Midwestern background in working class Wisconsin, where he still lives with his lawyer wife and three young children. He saved up by working in McDonalds to pay for his university education in Ohio where he developed his hard-Right views on economics.

The strength of his appeal has been evident in the way that the Obama camp and its media allies are already gunning for him. In an effort to scare voters away from him, one left wing group has released a spoof video of an actor purporting to be Ryan pushing a wheelchair bound grandmother off a cliff (I ask my family to this for me if I ever become a dribbling vegetable).  There is no doubt that Ryan has the Democrats worried. Solidly middle-class, a good speaker and – for all his hard edged politics – a normal kind of guy, Ryan crucially ticks the boxes that Romney has failed to do.

I do beg the question – why wasn’t Paul Ryan picked to be the Republican Party’s choice instead of Mitt Romney.  Mrs Merton’s question “What first attracted you to that short, balding, millionaire” might give a clue.

Perhaps Mitt is not such a Twit after all by picking a running mate who shows such promise. Could it be that instead of God Help America it could be God Save America. JC

About Jake

Long retired travel writer, author and freelance journalist. Educated at Wolverton Grammar and Greenwich Naval College. Happily married since 1958, with a married son and daughter, a married granddaughter and an adult grandson. Hobbies rock-climbing, dinghy racing and ocean racing. Still regularly working out in the gym.

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