Images: No to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
When you think about it, there are a hell of a lot of parallels between the US and Australia, although, while they have Obama, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope, we have Julia Gillard, no cash and no bloody hope (old one, sorry).
Other than that it sometimes appears that both leaders plagiarize each other in their statements. Obama has “tried real hard, Gillard has “done the best she can,” Obama has done so much he has not spent enough time trying to get the message across to the unwashed masses, Gillard, ditto.
The author, Douglas Adams, was probably the most capable social commentator of his time and wrote the following passage in, “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish:”
[Ford Prefect] ... On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did," said ford. "It is."
"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."
"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. …
... Tell me about the lizards."This kind of rings a bell; doesn’t it?
Ford shrugged again.
"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."