Shelley’s Ozymandias is one of the great poems. Little could Shelley have known that one day a comparable despair could be felt by taking a look at modern America
My Name is Ozymandias, King of Kings
Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair!’
Substitute ‘Obama’ for ‘Ozymandias’ and this pretty well sums up the way many pro-American Brits feel about the US today. Whole swathes of public life seem dysfunctional.
The political system is deadlocked. The Constitution was predicated on compromise. It was designed around the separation of powers in such a way that would prevent tyranny or oppressive governance.