Is Trump Ignorant Or Does He Not Get It?

    As expected, the revised ban on the deportation of Muslims has been ruled unconstitutional and thus banned. First from the Judge in Hawaii and the one in Maryland followed by Washington (State not DC). But here’s the thing: Shortly after, at one of his damn rallies, he said that :

Mr. Trump called the ruling an “unprecedented judicial overreach.” At a rally in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening, he described it as “bad,” “sad” news.

“The order (Watson) blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge, and should have never been blocked to start with,”

This man is clueless as to how our Government runs. The judges ruling in this don’t just rule because they can, they read, look at both sides, hear arguments then rule and guess what: A Muslim ban is still a ban regardless of how it’s worded. Also, you can water it down as much as you want but there are people, smart people who see right through it. 

     Mr.Trump can continue revising this ban as much as he pleases  and having it being overruled every time. As I stated previously, this violates several laws and Trump thinks it does not but this is also a man who’s convinced that Trump Tower was under surveillance by President Obama.

    The law is the law and unless the Fuhrer changes it, his obsession of kicking out Muslims will never take flight. If every country didn’t have a Constitution, then no one would be safe and for some reason, in Trump’s warped mind he’s convinced that Muslims are a threat to National Security and therefore need to depart America. This is exactly what Hitler said about the Jews and we know how that went.

    I sincerely doubt that this case will go to the Supreme Court because:

A: They won’t hear it 

B: They won’t overrule what the 9th court already ruled on 

And besides, chances are that if it goes that far they will rule the same as the other judges (And if yes, then what? What will Trump do?)

    It’s funny yet sad that if another President had done this people would be crying foul and protesting (And they have been) however, you have Trump who has brought out people’s true colors by now  supporting him and yes believing whatever he says is the truth . (Yes, this is exactly how Hitler worked his Propaganda machine and it worked really, really well).

    It just really goes to show you how people who follow Trump are ignorant people and really have decided that if you aren’t with him then you are the enemy .Case in point:

 When Rachel Maddow had Trump’s 2005 tax return all his supporters pounced on her saying she’s out to get him and trying to make him look bad. Heck, even Tucker Carlson got in on the act saying that NBC was so desperate for ratings that they will lie, cheat and steal just to get them. (Keep in mind that FOX News is a HUGE supporter of Trump).

    Now, here’s the problem where it gets puzzling:  The White House put a statement out verifying that the returns were real and accurate and then contradicted itself saying that they were illegally obtained, stolen and NBC wanted to Destroy Trump so they published without permission. Except it’s not as the Press is protected by the First Amendment and therefore have every right to publish it. Of course the White House should know this but sadly, they have been brainwashed by their leader Steve Bann… I mean Donald Trump

     I bring this up because it’s become apparent that Trump, even as President, feels that he can do whatever he wants and that he’s above the law. There’s a reason why after FDR limits were put in place for a President’s term. 

    Now, that Trump has strike two with his ban, what will he do next regarding his obsession with this ban? Put a clause in that states no one will be allowed to challenge him on it?

     Now, we move on to the budget and it’s a doozy. Slash the essential to fund the military and that damn wall that no one wants or asked for. EPA, NEA, State Department, etc, etc…. First of all, the military is very well funded and have been for years and second, Trump believes that we need to build up the armed forces to fight the bad dudes (Which apparently we haven’t been doing all this time)

   Slashing the EPA means environmental and climate disasters (although Trump thinks global warming was created by the Chinese). NEA is pretty self explanatory but all I’ll say is this: Bye Bye PBS. Of course this needs to be voted on and I hope a no is the outcome but still, in Trump’s world he believes we need to live in a militaristic state at all times. 

   Speaking of Trump’s world, remember the tweet he sent out claiming, without proof that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower to spy on him and then demanded that an investigation into it be conducted? Well, guess what: This investigation wasted time, money and resources because it was concluded that nothing was found and that there was never any surveillance done at anytime. Trump’s response? You will see some important stuff regarding it very, very soon. And what stuff is that mein fuhrer? How will you show us when no one else had anything ? Are you magically going to make evidence appear from thin air? 

   This guy needs a reality check because he just does NOT get it. 

  1. Ban: The courts have ruled it illegal and unconstitutional. TRUMP:  The judges are morons and they don’t care about America;s safety.We are right, they are wrong and we will appeal it until we get what we want. Yeah, you tried that the first time and it didn’t work .

2.   Tax Returns: They were anonymously sent to a journalist’s mailbox and revealed on Live TV but not before being verified as authentic by White House. TRUMP: It was illegally obtained. You stole it. Dishonest Media will do anything to fix bad ratings.

3. Budget Cuts: Common and needed. TRUMP: If we’re to fund the wall and make our military  stronger,we need to slash things not needed or important. People don’t go to the Opera anymore so let’s get rid of that. PBS isn’t relevant so let’s do that and Global warming is made up so let’s not fund the EPA.

4. After an investigation, there’s no evidence showing that at any point in time was Trump Tower bugged: TRUMP: You will some very important stuff about the wiretapping coming very, very soon.

Clearly, this man is living in his own world where his law is the land and everyone obeys. We have never ever experienced anything like this before. The White House is acting like it’s a Kindergarten where if they don’t get there way the throw a tantrum. Not only is this inappropriate, but it’s not professional and the world laughs us and sees what we’ve become. Not only that, he’s an embarrassment to our country and to others as well.

    But go ahead let’s keep defending him for it is us the sane people who will have the last laugh.  The (as Trump Supporters call us) Liberals who are spreading the “truth”and telling it like it is and the supporters who are calling us out on it asking us to stop he lies and hate. It is those supporters that tell us that we have no clue what we are talking about. 

  I am not a liberal. I am me. I do not like what this country is becoming and furthermore, I am ashamed and embarrassed to be an American.We have someone who could care less about us and only became President to benefit himself and his wealthy friends.

     A President should not be using his personal twitter account for obvious reasons and he’s been asked not to do so. Also, he hasn’t exactly divested himself of his business for if he had  he would no longer be an executive producer of The Apprentice  for which he is being paid for.

     Be a President and DO YOUR JOB. If you can’t, then resign because we want a President who isn’t a pathological liar, racist , bigot, unethical or someone without any morals. We also want someone who plays by the rules, knows the laws (and follows them) and most important has America’s best interests in mind. Someone who doesn’t try to suppress the media or have their staff making up “facts”. 

The United States of America was founded on the basis of Freedom and Liberty both of which is slowly being taken from us.

      

 

 

 

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If It’s Not A Muslim Ban Then What Is It?

Later this week, the revised travel ban takes effect with a little bit of a difference now mainly that Iraq has been removed as well as Green card holders to name a few which just leaves the original named areas on the list. All of these countries names are predominantly Muslim. What this means is that if you are a Muslim leaving in America, or vice versa, you will be deported and you will be banned from flying into the US.

So to recap: Muslims get deported because according to Trump they are all bad dudes who want to destroy our country by committing terrorist acts. However, this is not a true statement because that’s like saying an Arab Israeli (Or Israeli Arab) wants to kill Israelis and/or Jews or that a black man wants to kill the White Man.

There’s a saying ” Every Muslim is a terrorist but not all Muslims are terrorists” which is true. ISIS is a terrorist group but not all of it’s members (If that’s what you call them) are muslims. In fact, ISIS contains people from Canada, America, France, etc, etc…. So to come out and say that we are deporting all Muslims because they are terrorists is inaccurate, wrong , stereotyped and racist.

So, people are saying that it is not a Muslim ban to which I ask: If it’s not what is it? Well, depending on who you ask most will say that it is a travel ban even though it is a totally inaccurate description. How can it be a travel ban and not a Muslim Ban when clearly it targets them?

Perhaps the Trump Administration isn’t smart enough to understand the definitions so let me explain it:

TRAVEL BAN= A ban where no one is allowed to travel to a specific place. For example: CUBA which has been off limits for 50 years . The only way you were allowed to go was by obtaining permission from the State Department.

MUSLIM BAN= Denying a specific race all rights and privileges and the freedom allowed to them via due process.

So saying it’s NOT a Muslim ban is like saying someone doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

The administration revised it because the last one was “frozen” by the courts when most ruled it unconstitutional. Well, guess what? So is this one and here’s why:

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

And this:

The right to choose a religion (or no religion) without interference by the government.

   It’s why England created the idea of the separation of Church and State. Because:

The principle that government must maintain an attitude of neutrality toward religion. Many view separation of church and state as required by the First Amendment. The First Amendment not only allows citizens the freedom to practice any religion of their choice, but also prevents the government from officially recognizing or favoring any religion.

    One other thing:

 This ban, and I’m surprised no one’s mentioned it, is the Civil Rights and Liberties of an individual and by enacting this terrible ban you are taking it away from each one of these peoples. As FDR so casually wrote:

Civil liberties are important because they guard the rights and freedom of citizens of the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt states in papers held at George Washington University that people must preserve civil liberties in order to preserve democracy

Civil liberties protect personal freedoms. For instance, the freedom of speech allows citizens to express themselves without fear of interference. Freedom of the press falls in line with this, as well as freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.

Other liberties include those that deal with crime and due process of the law. These liberties are important because they protect innocent people during prosecution. These rights include people being innocent until they are proven guilty, the right for legal counsel and the right to be tried by a jury.

Meanwhile, Civil Rights:

Civil rights are protective measures enacted by the government to ensure that all citizens are treated equally, while civil liberties limit a government’s infringement upon the rights of its citizens, explains the Independence Hall Association. The Bill of Rights outlines civil liberties, such as freedom of speech, but civil rights are often defined by social movements and dilemmas. In particular, civil rights are often aimed at protecting minority groups from being discriminated against.

 

And:

Civil rights issues typically arise when the government creates laws to balance majority and minority interests, according to the Independence Hall Association. For instance, the 14th Amendment was added to prevent state legislatures from disenfranchising racial minority groups or denying them access to a fair legal process. Other civil-rights legislature protects women from gender discrimination. Yet, civil rights can mirror or contradict civil liberties, often requiring a court to weigh the perceived freedoms of one party against another.

So, in essence, the law speaks for itself and unless you can prove that a crime was committed, this Muslim Ban is illegal and unconstitutional no matter what you say,or how it’s written and unlike Mr. Trump, I have evidence to backup my claims.

Being a President, you must know the laws and we have a Constitution for a reason. This is why the majority of past Presidents were lawyers before they became one.

Sadly, Mr.Trump does not know anything about our country. He is not fit to be President. He is a pathological liar, not living in reality, delusional, paranoid not to mention a racist, bigot and and egotistical narcissist.

I am aware that writing these articles people will call me stupid, a fool, ignorant or some angry liberal  and that’s okay because the only ones saying these are the brainwashed Trump supporters who bought into his propaganda but that’ what is great about Democracy . We can think for ourselves, have an open mind and do what’s right and by writing this, I am doing the right thing because someone needs to publish the truth and the facts because if we don’t then everything this country was founded upon will crumble to something else. Something we may never be able to get out of.

The Legitimacy Of The Trump Administration (Or Lack Of One)

    Donald J. Trump. A man who is not well. A man who has been given the keys to the office and the codes. A man who is delusional. A man who cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy. A man who is dangerous .  A man who is trying to create a new world order through hate, fear mongering and propaganda.

Now I know that what I am saying will be denounced by every single Trump supporter out there and that’s the point you see because Trump supporters will always agree with him regardless of what he says because that is the very definition of brainwashing propaganda and if you aren’t with him then you are the enemy. Fair enough but the non ignorant people know the truth . They know how to separate the “Fake News” from the real news. They know how to separate the “Alternative Facts”  from the actual facts. And this writer will explain why I wrote the statements above because unlike the delusional nutjob that is running our country, (God Help Us), I backup my statements so without further aideu, may I present the following:

TRUMP CLAIMS THAT TRUMP TOWER WAS WIRETAPPED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Without providing one shred of evidence or proof, Trump decided to tweet this serious accusation . There’s only one problem:

NO PRESIDENT IS LEGALLY ALLOWED TO WIRETAP ANYONE AT ANYTIME WITHOUT A FEDERALLY MANDATED COURT ORDER.

 

In fact, this is what led to Nixon’s resignation (He was going to be impeached) and the laws being changed to prevent something like this ever happening again. The only time the Government would wiretap someone is under extreme circumstances and this is a rare thing .

So where did Trump get this idea from: Mark Levine  who declared that: Mark Levine says Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower. Then Breitbart picked it up and that’s where Trump decided it was okay to tweet but Breitbart was run by Steve Bannon who is Trump’s 2nd in command and who Trump takes advice from seriously and really we all know his views. You think Trump is nuts? Bannon is worse.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Trump has ordered(Or has  demanded is  more like it) that an immediate investigation get underway so that anyone involved can be “punished”. How they proceed is up to them but taxpayers money would of course be involved which begs one to ask : Why are we paying for something that does not exist? And, how do you investigate something where something doesn’t exist? FBI director Comey has already said NO and has asked the Justice Department to do the same .

Obama’s former intelligence director has already said that this could not happen because he would need to have been involved, which he was not.

TRUMP SAYS THE MEDIA IS FAKE NEWS

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the only fake news is the one being tweeted by Trump. Trump has started a media war with the press because he does not like them. Why? Because if they report things he does not like he’ll call it “Fake News” and then put out his version of what the truth is which is what we call “Alternative Facts”. And just so we are clear, the definition of Alternative Facts is defined as

The worst of the four classifications of lies: lies, damned lies, statistics, alternative facts. Alternative facts are distinguished from the other damnable lies by the addition of gaslighting the listener.

A good example of this:

After backing up her false statements with alternative facts, Kellyanne Conway threatened the “dishonest” media for suggesting that she might be lying.

 

So to be clear: We the media are the enemy because we are spewing lies, while Donald Trump is tweeting accusations which he believes with 100% certainty that what he tweets is the absolute truth. Isn’t this how propaganda works? Suppress the media so everyone has no choice but to believe you? Hmmm. This sounds oddly familiar Suppression of the Media in Nazi Germany . There was also this:

In 1929, Hitler chose Josef Goebbels as his Minister of Propaganda. Goebbels developed extremely successful campaigns using simple slogans and images repeated over and again in order to win public support for the party. The Nazis spent huge sums on newspapers, leaflets and poster campaigns.

So I guess the phrase: “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” is actually happening. Who’d have thought?

The thing that Trump does not understand is that Freedom of the Press is a powerful tool that was specifically created by Thomas Jefferson because he believed that:

A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government and is therefore dependent on an educated and enlightened citizenry. On the other hand, newspapers too often take advantage of their freedom and publish lies and scurrilous gossip that could only deceive and mislead the people. Jefferson himself suffered greatly under the latter kind of press during his presidency. But he was a great believer in the ultimate triumph of truth in the free marketplace of ideas, and looked to that for his final vindication.

And:

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.” –Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787. ME 6:57

To be President, one must know the laws of our country and be familiar with the Constitution which clearly Trump is not, which brings me to:

TRAVEL BAN

Here you have someone who decided, without consulting anyone, that all Muslims are “bad dudes” which is a pretty inaccurate statement . There’s a saying that “Every Muslim is a terrorist but not every terrorist is a Muslim”. True enough, recent events have proven this correct. But to single out one single religion (for lack of a better word) is illegal to the core no matter what you say. America is a Democracy and as such, we are all entitled to due process. If you are a criminal then you aren’t. That includes terrorists (or suspected) but to just tell every single Muslim that you are no longer welcome in this country? How does that make us look? What does that tell other countries?

People came here for a better life. For freedom. And yet, years later, the descendants of those are now bearing the brunt of this simply because they are muslim. To make it worse, Trump has now decided that children will be separated from their moms. While the moms will be sent back to which they came, the children will be sent to Foster care or “some other relative”.

Trump Supports can call this whatever they want but it is a Muslim Ban through and through and Trump is skirting the law here by doing this because again, the Constitution has “FREEDOM OF RELIGION” which allows one to practice their Religion out in the open whenever they feel the need to.

You say you want to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” but by signing executive orders that undermine that, you are being a hypocrite. Why? Because this travel ban is bad for everyone for many reasons but this one in particular is important

   In the wake of the travel ban, Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again” seems rather ironic. The failure to appreciate that immigrants are good for innovation, competitiveness and the nation’s future flies in the face of this aim.

 

And in a well written article by The Guardian, The Muslim Travel Ban , the writer states several excellent main points that one:

First – and this can’t be emphasized enough – Trump’s own people have found no rational security justification for this ban. A leaked Department of Homeland Security memo, prepared after the first travel ban, found that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity”.

Rachel Maddow obtained a March 1 Homeland Security reportwhich assessed that “most foreign-born US-based violent extremists [are] likely radicalized several years after their entry into the United States”. If the executive order is not rational, then maybe – just maybe – it’s bigoted?

And two:

Second, these Muslim bans are presented to us as if we’ve never heard Donald Trump, Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller speak. Probably the most disingenuous element of this administration is how it uses broadcast and social media to get its message across while disassociating itself from its own media presence.

And three:

Third, and most important, we must recognize how Trump’s Muslim ban is an extreme deviation from more than 50 years of US immigration policy. Prior to 1965, the US had favored northern Europeans in matters of immigration, but in the middle of the Civil Rights movement and the Cold War, that system was widely seen, here and abroad, as racist and antiquated.

 

The Immigration and Nationality act of 1965 signed by President Johnson at Liberty Island, stated that the law”

“corrects a cruel and enduring wrong in the conduct of the American Nation”

You can read it here: The Immigration and Nationality Act

Finally,

RUSSIA

This is the biggest thorn in Trump’s side. And, some critics have said that Trump’s making up news is to deflect on the media’s (as he called it) “witch hunt”. The only problem is that after an investigation it turned out that Russia was indeed involved in hacking and rigging of the election.

Not only that, but the Trump administration is corrupt with half of his cabinet somehow involved with Russians. Flynn already resigned. Sessions had to recuse himself (not to mention lying under oath). Tillerson has contacts there related to his days as Exxon CEO. Trump is pallsy wallsy with Putin . The list goes on and on and it’s only a matter of time before Snowden is handed over as a “gift” to Trump.

So everything that Trump is tweeting makes sense when you think about .Sure half of what he tweets has no basis in reality but whatever he does, says, or tweets plays exactly into the media’s hands and as long as it take the focus away from Russia he’s as happy as a clam.

By the way, he isn’t allowed to tweet on his personal twitter account and has been asked to stop but Trump is Trump and he does whatever he wants.

This man is not fit to be President or hold the codes for our nuclear weapons (yes, we have them) because as I said above this man is living in a fantasy world where he thinks he’s on the Apprentice or something else.

Focus on being the President instead of telling us why Arnold Schwarzenegger was fired from Celebrity Apprentice (He wasn’t) or telling us why SNL needs to be canceled because of Alec Baldwins performance of you. (Side note: Previous Presidents have been parodied to their amusement).  Or don’t decline the White Correspondent’s Dinner because of the fear of getting roasted (Be a man.. You were roasted by Comedy Central).

Bottom line: Donald Trump is a racist, bigot, narcissist, ego manacic, conceited and worst of all morally unethical (If you think he separated himself from his business then you are sadly mistaken).

The majority of his staff is inexperienced and are pretty much afraid to stand up to him.

Sean Spicer is a moron

Kelly Ann Conway is an ignorant putz

Steve Bannon hates everybody

Jeff Sessions is a hick who doesn’t understand questions he’s asked

Jared Kushner is a disgrace to Judaism

I mean this list can go on and on but I think you get the idea.

And I know that people reading this will call me out on what I’ve written and that’s ok because he truth needs to be told not the one that you’ve been led to believe is the truth  although Lenin once said that “tell a lie long enough and eventually it becomes truth”.

Make no mistake. the media will NOT be silent nor will we allow Trump to rewrite history as he sees fit. We will fight for what we believe in. Fight for what’s right and continue being guided by what this country was founded upon.

Because if we want to “Make America Great Again”, we need to stop Making America Hate and turning against one another.

America. It is the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. It is a country where we can speak freely, write freely and practice freely. We are the United States of America and one nation under God.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

And that includes EVERYONE EVERYWHERE.

The Constitutional Amendments

 

 

London Trip: Thoughts and Observations

     I recently came back from a vacation across the pond and while the weather was “on and off” that didn’t stop me from traveling or sightseeing. England is a really big place (well, depends on who you ask) so it is really impossible to see everything in such a short time (A week) which is why you research and choose what you feel is of importance to you on this go around.Which I did and I’m happy to say more or less that my goal was reached and accomplished (minus the 2 things recommended by a friend that I didn’t know about).

 So, based on everything I did, let me tell you about what I thought about the stuff I did.

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

   This is the heart of London where everything happens. Going through I tried to compare it with our version of the Senate and House (not sure if it’s an accurate description though) and here, it’s defined as the House of Lords and the House of Commons. You can tell that the building is steeped in History by it’s design. Not only that, but there’s one room where all the Queens and Kings hang (including the current )and I stopped and “visualised” what it was like back then. All the sculptures of people who are long, long gone that passed through even the door that Charles 1 walked through . There’s a reason why you need to knock now as apparently, Charles 1 stormed through this door demanding the head of 5 people he said commited treason (If you look closely, the door is still damaged and ironically, if you look above the door, the wall is damaged from the bombs of WWII. Churchill aid to leave as is as a reminder).

You actually enter from a place called WESTMINSTER HALL which was built in the 1500’s and is very significant because it’s also called THE GREAT HALL  because it’s where a few people lied in state here such as Churchill. Also, it’s where leaders come to speak (Mandela, Obama). Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take pictures except for in this room.

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Stain Glass window

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Over the years, this has been renovated but it’s the original design

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WESTMINSTER ABBEY

  This is older then Parliament by about 500 years (give or take) and it’s a church, cathedral, cemetery, memorial.. Basically an all in one and I’m not exaggerating and here’s why.

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      Basically, how this works is that you go through it (It’s one big area) and as you go off with Jeremy Irons (He’s your guide) you really have to take a look at the gothic design and the detail that went in to it.It’s massive, beautiful and lots of thoughts went into it. You walk past the final resting places of ome of the early monarchy such as Isaac Newton, King Henry (the first one who also was one of the original designers), his wife, Edward (I forgot which one) Mary Queen of Scots and even some modern day people who are paried beneath the floor (You can’t see them but if you stand on their name plaque, it’s the spot where they are “resting”) even those not buried here (like Willie Shakespeare) still have a memorial to them including Handel who was German.

    I should also mention that on display is the coronation chair that was used for Queen Elizabeth and of past Q and K’s (It is still being used). Here is also where Princess Di and Charles , Willie and Katie got married.

  It’s also open to anyone who finds themselves wanting to pray during services. I do however recommend you going to check this out no matter your religion.

CRUISING DOWN THE THAMES

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Tower of London View From Other Side Of Thames

TOWER OF LONDON

I didn’t know about this and was recommended by a friend but boy is this a chilly, eerie place. This place has 6 live Ravens living here for it is said that should they leave, the Tower will fall. No idea if it’s true but as Lenin once said

“Tell a lie long enough and it becomes truth”

Anyway, this was a massive Tower/Fortress  that was protected from all sides

 It also said that nearby is where Anne Boleyn was executed. There is a monument here to attest to that fact.

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A monument that says this is the site where Anne Boleyn was executed by Henry the 8th

Pretty much I learned a little bit here . One thing that is interesting here is that the staff live on the premises with family and that they are part of the royal guard that works for the Queen. The evidence is there because on the site also houses the Crown Jewels. Basically the royal crowns, scepters and everything among them.

    It truly is a magnificent place  and I can go on and on but I won’t so let’s go on shall we?

ROYAL ALBERT HALL

    This was actually not in my plans however I was close to where I needed to be so I figured it’s a really famous and well know place so I figured why not? Anyone who’s anyone has performed here (currently home to Cirque Du Soleil). Because I went on a guided tour, I was able to go where it’s usually off limits such as the Queen’s waiting room and her box (technically the Royal Box). Oh, and apparently there’s a royal bathroom which we couldn’t see but can’t imagine how it would be any different.

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The View From The Royals Box

I did a walking tour which was fascinating in and of itself and discovered that Big Ben is named after a guy named Ben who was a pretty big fella (true story). Also, for some reason, only UK residents can go inside it. Not sure why but this is an odd thing really. Oh, but the clock still works. It chimes on the hour.

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The Famous Pic/Movie Scene

Well, I spent a week here and pretty much accomplished what I set out to do and the other things were just bonuses. I even got to do 4 things in one day . The problem is that there’s lots to see not just in London so you’d have to plan another trip just to see it. For example:

  • Shakespeare’s House: This is way, way out there. It could be done but you’d have to go early in the morning. There are different  opinions on whether or not he’s buried here as well.
  • Windsor Castle: This is the main dish if you will. The place that holds the final resting place for KIng George VI(Lizzie’s Pop), his wife, daughter (I think)… Her name is Margret).. It’s also the place of many other royals . Interestingly enough, Princess Di isn’t buried here. She unfortunately is off limits to the public. The closest you can get to her is via her monument in Hyde Park.  Also of note: It’s still used today . Actually it’s one of the Queen’s residence . This is a nice place to visit if you have the time but it’s between 3 and 4 hours to get there so plan accordingly.
  • Stonehenge: This mysterious monument tells a story. There are conflicts regarding the Stonehenge. How it got there, who built it, what it represents… But it is considered by some as one of the seven wonders of the world. And, not far from here is the famous
  • Bath Houses. Not Turkish. Not English but Roman. Yep. And it is still in use today. In fact, for a fee, one can go swimming in these waters. Untouched, these are the actual houses which would make them thousands of years old (I’m guessing here).

Believe it or not, England is a HUGE place with so much to see and do. It is unfortunate that you can’t see EVERYTHING in one trip (Unless you stay here for a month or two) but a lot of this is for anyone who is a history buff and/or just to see famous “movie locations”. (You won’t find the GoT set anywhere here).

England is older then America. Way, way, way old. And yet, they were barbaric for most of their existence and I think most ,if not all, of England still suffers from that today. It is interesting to not however that the monarchy meant something all those years ago. Today, it is just a name in title only. A figurehead. Yet, the Queen still has a say in some Government matters and there’s still a hierarchy but only because it’s been that way from generation to generation (kinda tradition at this point) but England isn’t the same as it used to be? No. Can it or will it revert to it’s past?  No and even if it wanted to it couldn’t because of the Magna Carta (which I happily got to see ).

And that’s why the history is so important not just for England but for us all because at one point in time we were all under British rule.It wasn’t just America, (New York was named by the English by the way as it was supposed to be a gift for the Duke of York), but other countries like S. Africa, Israel, Canada (which is still under the Monarchy it seems). And it is important to remember why we wanted to be free of their rule and why we wanted our independance.

England today by definition is a Catholic country (I think) but it was because of the separation of Church and State which was a very important time in England’s history. It is this point that made it what it is today and without it, who knows what would have happened. That being said, I like to think that England’s history is our history because it is who we are. It is who we became for without them, who knows if we would have ever become The United States of America? And it is for this reason and this reason alone that we must reflect on the history and the politics of English rule and society .