More bons mots from Arthur. The man who speaks the truth often sounds like a royal douche, because most people can't haaaaandle the truth, to quote Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.
[i]Two failed attempts on the part of France to build a canal in Panama effectively wiped out the French Empire, not only did their Panamanian failures bankrupt the French, twice, but killed off almost an entire generation of their best people; additional losses of both people and money resulting from the First World War, from 1914 until 1918, reduced the strength of France to such a low level that Hitler's troops were able to storm across France in a matter of a few weeks. After which, the "Glory Days" of the French Empire were over.
Nevertheless, to this day the French are perhaps the most arrogant bastards on the face of the planet; remain arrogant in spite of the undeniable fact that almost everything that they have touched during this century has turned to shit. If you are finally beginning to notice that things are pretty badly fucked up in this country, as they certainly are, then spend a few days or so in France and you will be provided with an opportunity to learn just how bad things can become, together with a clear picture of this country's future since we are now moving rapidly along the same path taken by France.
If, like most people, you are still dumb enough to believe that anybody connected with the government is either interested in, or capable of, helping you in any manner, then you can expect any number of very rude surprises. Just short of hiding out in a cave in the mountains, you would be well advised to do everything possible to avoid any contact with anybody who claims to be interested in your well-being.
Unfortunately, any such advice on my part is about as effective as pissing into the face of a hurricane, since the vast majority of people today are not only incapable of learning anything from the experience of other people but cannot even learn from their own mistakes. Thus it follows that anything I write is not intended for the majority of people, but is, instead, directed towards a tiny minority of people who are both willing and able to think for themselves.[/i]
I feel your pain, Arthur. Really I do.