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I suppose that with recent events a slight change of the title, with 'poetic licence,' may be allowed.
Bob Dylan wrote these words many years ago, possibly, even probably, expecting them to be more pertinent as time went on.
These words have never had more sense than right now, not only in the USA, but seemingly everywhere in this world.
In America we all know where the problems started.
'Normal' people, in their millions, did not - could not - couldn't be bothered to, cast their Vote, and the extremists carried their plan through.
In Britain, still calling itself 'Great', a similar phenomenon happened - and together with the plans and incompetence of 'established' politicians and others not even represented in the Parliament, personal ambition and greed, an 'Advisory Referendum' rapidly became an Instruction to the powers that be, to get on with their declared will....!
If one adds to this the fact that millions of British citizens Worldwide (myself included), were not even eligible to vote, due to the fact that they had lived outside the sacred shores for longer than a certain time , then one can see that not just frustration but shame is high.
Such a rule could possibly be accepted in the case of a 'Referendum' but NOT in the case of what it became - an INSTRUCTION.
In both cases, there are mumblings and mutterings to be heard of this nature.
The French and strangely, the Germans, are the most qualified in the domain of Revolution.
In fact, if the qualified voter had or will, move his/her idle, lazy rear from the TV Screen and go to vote, then the situation would be considerably clearer.
BUT - HE/SHE DID NOT DO THAT-
THEY MAY NOW DO SO!
Coming to France, voting will take place in this year 2017, and already those political parties with little or no chance of winning power have learnt and are trying to put into practice the standards set by the extreme right wing parties elsewhere.
There is a current scandal going on regarding the middle/regular Right party....abuse of Public Funds.
Unfortunately for the Extreme Right Party, the The National Front, they - in their turn, have been accused and condemned ,of a very similar charge within the European Parliament!
On top of this, the French have not completely forgotten History, and the facts, so recent, of 1939 to 1945 - They have little wish to see them repeated.
The left, or Socialists in France, have little or no chance of retaining power due to the incompetence and uselessness of the current President, Mr. François Hollande who simply did not offer any programme worth it's salt during his years of Government.
I feel that nobody on the Left Socialist side has a great deal of interest or hope. They seem to hesitate to even stand for election.
What happens is open, just 3/4 moths before electioneering starts in earnest!
Deutschland, or Germany, who caused, lost and suffered from 2 World Wars in the 19th century are now possibly the one and only 'bastion of honest politics'.......Recently having been liberated of a Wall splitting the country in two (yes - just like America proposes to divide a continent) the vast majority of Germans are not terribly interested in returning to Fascist or Extreme Right governmental systems.
It is difficult, because there are mutterings and mumblings there as well, concerning the numbers of 'humanitarian actions' performed by the Chancellor 'Madame MERKEL' by accepting vast numbers of Refugees or Asylum seekers.
Madame Merkel is, in my view, the best - most honest and best educated Politician currently in the World.
She has, thankfully announced recently her intention of standing for re-election in 2017.
Strange that the only hope for the World seems to come from the country that almost destroyed it.
Had atomic weapons been available to Adolph Hitler, have no delusions - we would not be in the state we are today - we simply would not be here.......at all!
All the simple, or complicated citizen can do is go to any Vote and cast their vote in the measured, responsible manner required, bearing in mind their own wishes, level of information and intelligence, but also the requirements of mankind.
The Times They Are A-Changin'