Friday, August 19, 2011

Hawaiian Statehood Day

On this day in 1959, the United States annexed Hawaii as a state, with the connivance of a considerable and varied immigrant population who wanted to claim it for their own purposes, and without the consent of the native population.

I would say that we are now being properly rewarded.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

My grandmother just told me an amusing story about Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII which she read in the papers many years ago. First she started explaining the abdication to me, and I was able to assure her that I already know all about Wallis Simpson.

So after the abdication, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were having dinner together in some kind of formal setting, talking quietly to each other. A reporter managed to get close enough to overhear their conversation.

The scoop? They were telling each other the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Apparently they didn't have anything to converse about at the moment and didn't want people seeing them and saying, "Look at that, they aren't even speaking to each other!"

Friday, April 1, 2011

My sentiments exactly.

Florence King opens her Diary

Being an English-American can be depressing. For years I thought about giving up my American citizenship and becoming a Brit to get my blood and my nationality lined up without the interference of a hyphen, but then something made me change my mind with a vengeance: Princess Diana’s funeral. I spent three stunned days staring at the TV screen and thinking My God, they’ve turned into us! It wasn’t England any more, just a sceptre’d loony bin set in a sea of rotting flora, a UK of Utter Kitsch where the crud de la crud built teddy-bear temples to a gilded hysteric who resembled nothing so much as Judy Garland with a title.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Democracy Is No Panacea

Universally, democracy is being exalted.

Everywhere one turns, one hears of its virtues: how democracy ensures human rights, fosters prosperity and shepherds in modernity.

Yet democracy represents nothing more than the tyranny of the majority. In other words, contrary to the ideals of western liberalism, democracy does not ensure that the smallest minority, the individual is protected.

In the vast majority of circumstances, people free to choose their government get the government they desire. In Russia, the people have chosen again and again to elect KGB criminals. In Gaza, the people have chosen to elect either Hamas or Fatah, terrorist parties in perpetual war. Democracy does not a free society ensure.