This story was inspired in part by a segment on Tuesday’s Anderson Cooper 360, a ten minute report and discussion about the protocol the Obamas must obey in their audience with the Queen. Don’t leave the room before she does. Don’t turn your back on her. Don’t shake her hand. Don’t curtsy. Don’t speak until spoken to. And I kept thinking, “Who the hell is this woman?” What possibly justifies this demand that any head of state put on such a display of submission? I don’t care if it’s the “leader of the Free World” or the mayor of a Bunghole, Alberta, either one has more legitimacy than this monarchist relic.
Then all Wednesday reports of anger, frustration, peaceful protest, police violence, protester violence, and more came out of the streets of London. And I kept thinking, what a farce. Here’s your iPod. The world is going to crap, but here’s your iPod. The global financial system is collapsing and people around the world are losing jobs, homes and going hungry, but here’s your frikkin’ iPod.
Of course, the peaceful protests are by and large ignored. I guess it’s hard to notice those when protesters take over the Royal Bank of Scotland for a few moments.