Human(e) beings need not apply

american eagle and flag

Strident cries of American raptors


Job requirements


To lead, unit, inspire your underlings (all 314 mn of them); to control the world stage according to your own blinkered vision and limited philosophy; to initiate ruthless and lethal action whenever and wherever you see fit; to impose your prescriptive ideals on reluctant but subservient international competitors; to demean and denigrate rivals in order to protect your power base for the preservation of ill-defined notions “in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Specifically not required

Humanity; tolerance; willingness to compromise; teamwork; knowledge of world geography, appreciation of different cultures; any signs of intelligence are completely off limits, particularly in the drearily extended and massively expensive process of campaigning for this position.

Harsh words

The following are quotations used by The Independent in a report on the most recent developments in the US presidential shoot-out. The article is well worth reading.[1]

  • Big thinker
  • Personal attacks and insults
  • Bare-knuckle standards
  • Demeaning campaign
  • Division and attack and hatred
  • Smash America apart
  • We all lose
  • Put y’all back in chains
  • An angry and desperate presidency
  • Wild and reckless

The final paragraph concludes: “For now though, one thing is sure. The high-minded discussion about eliminating the deficit and America’s future that was supposed to be unleashed by the advent of Mr Ryan has not come to pass.”

Symbolic significance of the US flag

“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial.

“The fifty stars stand on a blue square of fabric. The blue represents the color [sic] of the Chief and signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

“The stripes, or the pales (to be technical) are red and white. Red represents hardiness and valor. White signifies purity and innocence.”

 (My thanks to ‘sundaymorningblogger’[2] for this, and for the image.)

[1]: The Independent

[2] sundaymorningblogger


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