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A brief word about the news and world events on this 4 July. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
A brief word about the news and world events on this 4 July.

(And, no, this ’un doesn’t go behind a cut. Not this sodding time.)

Previous to today, there were two statues of American presidents in Grosvenor Square: those of FDR and of Ike. Today, there was unveiled a third: that of Ronald Reagan.

No doubt there are many, many Americans, as well as many Britons, and many others, who dislike Mr Reagan. Yet this was a rather major news story of rather a whacking great honour, really.

Let me say this, quite plainly. Had today seen instead the unveiling of a statue of JFK, I should have thought it fitting on this Fourth of July to post video of that ceremony, involving whatever Cabinet minister of HMG and whatever American dignitary happened to be present, and worked that and any pertinent essays in to my remarking the observance of the Americans’ national day.

Had today’s news been of the unveiling of a statue in Grosvenor Square honouring a personal hero of mine, Harry S Truman, my post should have followed the same pattern.

Had today seen the unveiling of a monument, with speeches from the Foreign Secretary, to Dick Nixon or Jimmy Carter … well, I’d vote UKIP in the next general election, if that were the sort of thing Cabinet got up to, yet I should have found some way to weave the fact into a post wishing Americans a happy Independence Day.

Look here, I realise that any dissent of mine from Groupthink is heretical and offensive and doubleplusungood. I know it forces people’s thoughts away from the Two-Minute Hate. But, do you know, were I so uncertain in my beliefs, so insecure in my politics, so tender in the face of unapproved thought, or so inarticulate in defence of my principles, that I could react to right-deviationism only with squabbles, quarrels, tearful emails, or horrified flouncing-offs, I should hope I should still have enough self-regard to be ashamed of myself. (Were I to limit my interactions here only to those who agreed wholly with me, I doubt even Fabio, say, should make the running; it would be, at most, me, Shezan, and Taradiane, I suspect.)

I have never wanted to declare a defriending amnesty: people may come and go as they like, although the occasions of their going are quite often so transparent as to make me blush for them. If however anyone feels the need of absolution, ego te absolvo, and ite, missa est whilst you’re at it.

I shall now turn for the next blessed days of peace to the ’Varsity match, at Fenner’s. And I assure you, I shan’t condemn even those so misguided as to support Cantab. It’s a maturity that comes with age; I advert some of you to it.

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From: tree_and_leaf Date: July 4th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do enjoy the match.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 4th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

I shall, thank you.

It must necessarily be better than the ODIs...
aliciajd From: aliciajd Date: July 4th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just want you to know that I've 'defriended' you. It isn't because of politics and your opinion of Ronald Regan one way or another. It's because the clip you've posted has been crashing my LJ friend's list ever since you posted it. I've had to reboot at least five times. So... I hope to be able to 'refriend' at a later date.
vaysh From: vaysh Date: July 4th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jumping in here quickly - the same thing happened to me and I simply took Wemyss off my reading filter for a while until his post had scrolled off my current flist. No need to defriend. :)
femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: July 4th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, good Lord. You know my political leanings (LOL) and to say I'm not a huge Gipper fan would be an understatement, but I don't think posting that clip was objectionable in any way. I'm kind of puzzled as to how it could be considered that, given that it's current news and it's kind of really nice that a foreign government is putting up a statue of one of our presidents within its borders.

Ah well. I'm not defriending you. :D YOU CAN'T GET RID OF ME THAT EASILY, DAMMIT.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 4th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Again, I quite see people's clearly the flist.

Especially w technoglitches.

It's the ones who email to require one not to mention certain politicians or use certain icons lest they have the vapours that finally pushed me a bit far.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: July 4th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, Who Pissed In YOUR Cheerios?

Oh, wait, it was the film clip. I didn't look at it, just assumed it was something happybirthdaytoyou-ish. I'm on my etch-a-sketch, which stutters on the shortest film clips. If it's the statue unveiling, that was on the local news here, which I thought was odd, but certainly not offensive.

Want to see a clip of the traditional Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest?

(thought not...)

Edited at 2011-07-04 11:11 pm (UTC)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 4th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Actually, I shd.

Isn't the one the little scrawny chap always wins?

Cannot imagine a Blackpool equivalent.
quill_lumos From: quill_lumos Date: July 4th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Am not about much on LJ these days, but I saw your post and just had to comment. I am certain that our politics are quite different in many ways, but I have absolutely no issues with you expressing your views, especially as you always do so in such an erudite and educated manner and will not be defriending you, sending you hyterical e-mails or letters of complaint. In fact I found your post very interesting, especially as the item in qquestion did not make the news in any other arena as far as I am aware.

Personally I am no fan of Lady Thatcher and disagreed with much of what President Reagan did and said, but as you pointed out, he did support Britain at a time when few others would and, especially when compared with the moral turpitude of so much of today's politicians, he was indeed a statesman.

One does not have to agree with someone's viewpoint to be able to respect them. How sad that people do not understand that.

*hugs again*

Lucie x
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 4th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Everyone gets a free pass on the defriending.

Particularly with the clip problem.

It's the emails that eventually broke me.
taradiane From: taradiane Date: July 4th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I would most assuredly be here.
noeon From: noeon Date: July 4th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ave atque vale?

Or perhaps, go with God, but go?

I think it's much more fun to stick around. I'm sure we give you the vapours on a regular basis and who would want to miss out on that?

*hugs you*
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: July 5th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Latitude: 41° 46' N and Longitude: 50° 14' W

I wouldn't abandon this ship if it were April 15 at 2:19 AM. I am having far too good a time.

noeon From: noeon Date: July 5th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Did someone say 'ship'?

(I like this much better than 'My Heart Will Go On')

Happy Fourth!
From: seneska Date: July 5th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Leaving? I think not. Histrionics are overrated.
mayfly_78 From: mayfly_78 Date: July 6th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait a sec. I heard something about a new Reagan statue somewhere, but I didn't realise it was in London. Why did they put a statue of Reagan up in London? I was a bit young at the time of his presidency, and while I have gathered that he wasn't too bad as American presidents go, I still don;t get it. Was it because he was on good terms with Thatcher or something?

By the way, are there any statues of Thatcher up in London?
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