Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.
An idyllic scene in red and blue...
Last week, an American independent journalist decided to test objectivity ...
and, most of all, the cooperativeness of the politicians before the upcoming election. He visited a moderate Republican candidate and a moderate Democratic candidate. Both were happy to answer his questions while seated together. He presented them with the image below, telling them that they could ask him about the picture if they wished, but he really just wanted to know what they saw in the image.
They both observed the image for a while, thinking about how to appear politically correct. Finally, the Democratic candidate pointed at the sky and the water: "They're blue.” The Republican candidate coughed uncomfortably, adding quickly: “Both the sky and water are clear.”
The Republican candidate went on to say: “Well, you Democrats are all about saving the environment. I see a wind powered sail boat there, so you'll need to keep the American people wealthy enough to buy them.”
The Democratic candidate thought about this: “There's a wooden bench for the American people to sit comfortably while they enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.”
“Maybe we need more benches,” the Republican candidate offered. The Democrat took him by his sleeve: “Maybe we can think of more sustainable materials than wood, from which to make them.”
“You'll need money for that. Our economy needs to be strong.” The Republican candidate turned to the journalist: “Can you add the best performing American businesses to that white cloud above? Anyway, we store our online information in a cloud like that, don’t we?” The Democrat jumped in: “Maybe we could add some diverse American people to share that bench? To show that we're a diverse and democratic country.”
The journalist shook his head politely: “It's what's there, not what you want to see there to make your constituents happy, that I asked you to comment on.”
The journalist asked to see the President in the White House.
When he entered, the President waved to the journalist from his big seat,
asking him to show him the image. So the journalist opened his computer, placing it in front of the President before showing it to Joe Biden, who was sitting on the chair opposite. But the President turned it toward himself: “I'm the President, so write what I want to say about this.”
“There's a big white cloud that represents all the white Americans. Just add a nice cross there, so my white Christians are happy.” The journalist wanted to object, but the President pointed to him crossly: “Just listen when you're here.” Then he sat back in his big comfortable chair and continued leisurely: “You can see the threat from the East, the Chinese. But we blocked them. Cross out that boat. It could also be Mexicans, trying to get in here.”
“There's no lake between us and Mexico, Mr President. I can’t write that…” the journalist interjected, but the President shouted from his seat suddenly: “You're fired!”
“I'm an independent journalist, Mr President.
The journalist picked up his laptop and was slowly backing out of the room...
as the President got out of his seat, striding toward him: “You and Biden here, you're both fired! And take your fake news with you.”
When the journalist reached the door, he noticed Mr Biden stand up from his chair to follow him out: “You can ask me about that image after the election.”
They both turned toward the President, who was now shouting at them and spitting in fury: “You all plot against me! All you journalists are Democrats! I'll silence you all! You'll all be fired!” They watched him take up his mobile and type something furiously. Meanwhile, the door had been opened by White House staff to usher the journalist and Mr. Biden out.
“By the way, where does that picture come from? What part of the USA?” The journalist looked at Mr Biden and smiled: “It's actually from Greece, but we all just like to assume, don’t we?”
Beata Stasak (author) from Western Australia on November 15, 2020:
For all parties and for all of us, one goal should be the same: Let us keep our order, our unity and our charity as it is all we have left. There is no order without charity, there is no charity when the full forget starving and where there is no order there is no unity
Looking out for the peace of society is our duty, it is everyone’s duty, if there is no peace, there is no justice, where there is no justice, there is no community and no state. Let us all work together for our peaceful, green and united future because we are all worth it!
Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 12, 2020:
It definitely points out how vastly different both parties see things. I hope the USA sees better days in the future.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 10, 2020:
This was an interesting and insightful article. I enjoyed the conversations. I wish all the best for the people in the USA.
Thanks for sharing.
Beata Stasak (author) from Western Australia on November 10, 2020:
Thank you so much my fellow hubbers, I am just a mere observer of life that is happening around me I am happy my writing input is useful in some way:)
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 09, 2020:
It is interesting to me what people from other countries think of our political situation in the U.S. I am hopeful that calmer days lie ahead of us.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 09, 2020:
Beata, this is so Trump. He'll probably be the only departing POTUS to not congratulate the the new President-Elect. What a chump!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:
Very interesting insights. I liked reading this.
Liz Westwood from UK on November 08, 2020:
This is a clever and very interesting article. It really highlights how subjective views can be. It will be interesting to see how things work out in US politics post January. I hope President Trump goes quietly to retirement on his golf courses. I am sorry that I did not get to comment on your article last week. When I got to it, it had been moved to a niche site. I now realise that I need to be quicker with my comments.