As a Brit living in the USA I try to keep an eye on what’s going on in both countries…the one that I currently live in, and the one where I’m from and expect at some point to return to.
Sadly I don’t like what I see from either country today though.
With a toxic cocktail of bias media, social media, proxy lies, rumours and way too much general hatred of one another’s opinions and views…it most certainly doesn’t look good for the future.
I only have to take a short drive in my car each morning going about my personal and family admin, to see that way too many motorists for example couldn’t give a damn for those others around them. Speeding, running red lights, running stop signs, tail gating and cutting one another up driving through town…all while children are running the gauntlet of walking to and from school daily. If this alone is a metaphor for the state of our countries…then we’re clearly on the wrong road to a rosy future.
Today in America we share the anniversary of the Capitol Riots…a really sad scar on modern history here. I have no doubt whatsoever, no matter what individuals think about who were the instigators, my humble opinion is that if the security actors were all doing their job correctly and proactively, not one “rioter” would have got anywhere close to breaching the building. And of course we’ve had our own problems at home back in the UK with police being threatened and killed outside of Parliament in the not so distant past.
I could give similar commentary about overcoming today’s scenarios with COVID, school and workplace shootings, getting caught in extreme events…we all need to be better within ourselves in order to expect others to accept one another…and therefore be there for one another…as opposed to being against one another!
America I would say is in a worse scenario than the UK right now. It’s the land where there are currently more guns than people after all.
If things don’t change quickly, then I have no doubt whatsoever that there will be civil war here within my life time…and I don’t have that long left as I rapidly approach seventy. For me personally, for every American citizen, and for the world that would be really really sad.
A good few years ago when I was wearing a British Army uniform, I was proud of the fact that my country and the country of my closest allies in warfare were up there with the greatest democracies on earth. Democracy back then meant strength, stability and above all unity.
Today, we haven’t won a war in twenty years. Strength, stability and unity right now is out of the window both internationally between our two great nations and with other longstanding allies, and domestically within both our nations.
It appears from where this humble and simple citizen is standing, that for way too long now, the elites of big business have way too much power over those who were put into positions by the people who they are supposed to represent. Hence why we haven’t won a war as previously mentioned during the last two decades. Politicians powered by big business, and generals powered by politicians…not a recipe for military success overseas, not when the generals are wearing their political hats, and the politicians are wearing their big business hats.
So with China, Russia and others becoming more belligerent by the day while building up their military might and threatening others by flexing their muscles around the globe, we at least need to get our acts together as a nation domestically first and foremost. Before we can take positioning ourselves as a world power seriously once again…otherwise we’re ALL in for a severe arse kicking…and more than likely an arse kicking sometime soon domestically, through ongoing long term severe aggressive civil disturbances.
There are way too many angry people who have a hatred for all that’s in front of them, political, religious, socio economic, ethnic…almost any excuse to wake up angry. We have a long way to go right now in order to live together as one nation both in the USA and UK, underpinned by strength, stability and unity with not a lot of time to play with I’m afraid.