It had to be circumstance, mere happenstance at this moment in British history that Mitt Romney was busy embarrassing himself and the GOP, and an even greater irony was Danny Boyle's celebration of the NHS, England's National Health Service that helps the English, that enables England to remain at thirteenth on the list of nations by life expectancy, where seven out of the top twenty nations are current or former members of the British Commonwealth. One couldn't help but compare the success of the NHS to America's joke of a system that has consigned our nation - the richest in human history - to thirty-eighth on the same list. Did Danny Boyle deliberately include the NHS in the ceremony as a shot across America's bow? We'll likely never know for sure, but it sure seems that way.
Sadly, this lesson will be lost on most Americans, particularly those of conservative bent. Few of us will comprehend the lesson that Danny Boyle was giving us, that while America's influence in this world is currently unmatched, we stand on the shoulders of a cultural giant, at varying turns in the metaphorical form of a Beefeater, a bulldog, or a lion, but always proudly emblazoned with the Union Jack. We Americans should regard them with deep respect and admiration. Our current president understands this. The GOP's current nominee for president obviously does not.