Tuesday, June 3, 2014

At ease, countrymen.

What is it with Kings and dictators and the like?  Why is it they always fancy themselves as great military leaders?  They seem to have some sort of uniform fetish, the more medals the better.

The current King of Spain (that would be the General on the right) is abdicating his throne, elevating his son (that would be the Admiral on the left) to the position.  Do they have a "uniform of the day"?  "Aww, come on dad.  You promised me I could be a General today."  *pout*

 The British Royals have long been obsessed with medals and sashes and braid, too.  As long as the missus says it's OK I guess there isn't anything wrong with it.

Two-bit dictators seem especially drawn to uniforms, too.  In their case I guess it does have some legitimacy as most seized power after stints in the military.

Even bad comedians are sometimes overcome with uniform envy.

Could it be it's America that is out of step with the rest of the world?  Maybe we should jump on the uniform bandwagon, too.

Dubya gave it a rather lame try, but IMO he missed the mark.  More bling, less "package", please.

 Nothing else to report this morning.  Just an observation for you to ponder.


  1. Well in the way olden times a king would lead the army into battle, so it's kind of traditional I suppose. For the Brits it at least gives them something to do other than pose for pictures. The real military dictators it's to show how in charge and powerful they are. It would have been neat to see Eisenhower going around in his general's uniform with all the ribbons and such, but we're supposed to be a free country.

  2. Never underestimate the power of a good uniform. If I could fit into one I'd wear it.

  3. It's because we have more class in the USA. Damn, we get to be proud of something!!!
    And if we don't like our King, we get to kick his ass out medals and all.

  4. And as much fun as we like to throw at "W" I like his uniform more than the uniforms of the leaders before and after him.

  5. It's all in the eye of the beholder.

  6. That old fart royal from England looks like a stunned peacock. Well... I guess they all do. Except Dubya. He just looks lame.

  7. I don't have anything smart to say about uniforms. A number of years ago, I worked for an accountant. For Halloween, we all got to dress up. She came in a General's uniform...the name tag said "Ledger."

    She was always big on puns.