An interesting read on Guy Fawkes day. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s because it was a long time ago in England when Mr. Fawkes took it upon himself to challenge the authority of the King and Parliament.
Fawkes, an ensign, had taken the lead in a 1605 plot to blow up the houses of Parliament at Westminster as part of a Catholic effort to bring down the Protestant monarchy in England. He was apprehended—allegedly in the act itself—taken to the Tower, and subjected to torture. For centuries, Guy Fawkes Day marked the event. Englishmen were taught of the need to be vigilant in the defense of the realm, and particularly to remember the threat from within, from the disloyal Catholics. But mostly they enjoyed the privilege of lighting bonfires and engaging in pranks on a chilly autumn evening.
But today Britons have a take on Guy Fawkes that is much at odds with the historical one. Once Fawkes was a symbol of the traitor within. The people were called to be on guard against his like. No longer. Today Guy Fawkes is increasingly viewed as the heroic figure prepared to stand against an unjust and oppressive state, as a martyr and a victim of torture.
Wouldn’t it be something to see Americans viewing the 4th of July not as a day to celebrate the greatness of itself (in typical xenophobic ‘We’re number one’ chanting and flag-waving rah-rah bullshit…) but people reminding the government that they are in their office to work FOR the people?
To tell them, ‘Watch your ass and if you fuck up, you’re out. Period.’
To show the people in office that they are transitory and if they fuck ‘we the people’ over, they better have a plan to move to Guatemala or some shit, because you will get hung up by the ankles in the public square and beaten to a soundtrack of your own offences against the Constitution and those people who hold it dear.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see the sheeple opening their eyes to see that oil is over $90 a barrel, even though G.W. said he’d tell people to “Open up them Spigots.” to prevent gas reaching the inevitable prices we Europeans pay? (Face it, even $4 a gallon is LESS than what any other non-third world nation pays… suck it up and get rid of your fucking guzzler, or shut the fuck up when gas prices keep rising. YOU control your wallet, not the gub’ment.)
On a side note, the dollar reached a new low against the Euro. As of me writing this, here is where it stands.
Yup. You better get ready for more inflation, more recession and the fact that your dollar buys you less now than it did say 10 years ago. I’m sure someone will blame Clinton and his wandering penis, but since he left in 2000 and left us with money in the bank, well… that is a rant for another post.