Values

Once upon a time

the products of high

technology – pottery,

swords, carriages,

furniture, bicycles,

wireless sets – were

valued and

treasured; kept in

good repair for

many years, decades,

passed on

from generation to

generation. Now mobile

phones, ipads, tv sets, video

games, cars, houses

even, end up in landfill

after months, days,

hours sometimes.

11/11/1918

Just think

what all those dead

young men could have done

in the years after 1918.

Think of the advances

in Art, Literature,

Music, Science. Think of

the leaders who might

have steered their countries

into a better new age.

And think of the

potential of their

descendants, never born.

Because politicians,

and Generals, thought

nothing of those things,

and happily sent

them off to die.

For nothing.

Doesn’t matter who votes, it’s who counts the votes*

Americans, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, believe they have the “world’s greatest democracy” (whatever that means). What is undoubtedly true is that they have the worst electoral process of any western democracy.

 

* And establishes electoral boundaries, and decides on voter ID, and sets up polling places, and uses electronic voting, and has no control over election funding.