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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

And the values are a'changing......'   (play while you read)

(The text is published at the bottom of this article)

I suppose that with recent events a slight change of the title, with 'poetic licence,' may be allowed.Image result for Bob Dylan
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.

Image result for USAIn 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',Image result for Great Britain 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. 

Image result for powers that beIn 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.
                 THEY MAY NOW DO SO!

Image result for Republic of France 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!

Image result for Deutschland 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.Image result for Deutschland

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. Image result for Angela Merkel 

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 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.

Image result for mankind symbol

 The Times They Are A-Changin'
Come gather around people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
And if your breath to you is worth saving
Then you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changing
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no telling who that it's naming
For the loser now will be later to win
Cause the times they are a-changing
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's the battle outside raging
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changing
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly aging
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand
Cause the times they are a-changing
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slowest now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fading
And the first one now will later be last
Cause the times they are a-changing
Songwriters: Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin' lyrics © Bob Dylan Music Co.

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