What I write here is most pertinent to this ’toon:
To all my fellow pundits of GOCOMICS:
I am currently re-reading a book I bought years ago, and last week, read a chapter that really opened my eyes! I mention this because I think many of you would also find it just as interesting and relevant as I have.The book is titled “DREADNOUGHT”, by Robert Massie. It deals with events in Europe from about 1870 up to August, 1914, covers all the political, social, economic and national developments and crises leading up to the start of the First World War. It focuses upon the growing estrangement between once-friendly Germany and Great Britain, the political & economic repercussions of the naval arms race.Chapter 35 (It is a thick, long book!) is titled “The Budget and the House of Lords”. As I was reading through it, I kept recognizing many similarities between the arguments in Parliament, between cabinet ministers, between the Conservatives and the Liberals, between the upper and working classes and our current debates in Congress, between President and Congress, between Republicans and Democrats, between the super-wealthy and the working class. I could probably cross out all the English names, and substitute the names of many of our own current congressmen and party leaders, and it would still be perfectly readable & understandable! Many of their arguments about taxation, the privileges of the upper-classes, fairness, political antics to push bills through, the influence of personality clashes, name-calling, slander, entitlements and preserving the status-quo: It’s all there, so very much like today!
This book is still in print, and any library worth its salt should have it! There are many used book stores around, where one can get a copy cheap. The chapter is only 22 pages; you could read it at your library in less than an hour. What you learn could liven up discussions on this sight!I especially hope RespectfulTroll, Zuhlamon, and TheTrustedMechanic see this, (and some others). I have always read your posts & responses, find them reasoned, well-written, and without rancor. I hope many of you find this helpful.