For some bizarre reason, which I can't quite put my finger on, I just love the 24 program starring Jack Bauer. Yes, it's pure unadulterated statism writ large, but I suspect it's closer to the truth than any of the many US government intelligence agencies dare admit.
But surely the best thing about the current series is actor Gregory Itzin's fine portrayal of the disgustingly poltroonic President Charles Logan.
Itzin's president is devious, self-obsessed, slimy, greedy, narcissistic, stupid, easily led, feeble, indecisive, pathetic, creepy, disloyal, corruptible, aggressive, cowardly, dangerously unstable, short-termist, unprincipled, untrustworthy, and, best of all, ENTIRELY BELIEVABLE as a modern US President!
The office of US President, several decades ago, used to be one of the most respected positions in the world. Now, when it is superbly played as a filthy poltroon, nobody doubts its authenticity in the slightest degree. Marvellous. The end is a long way off still, but it is in sight as the ghastly selfish nature of modern politicians becomes clearer to the general populations of the western world. One day we will be rid of them all, or at least that's what I fervently pray for. Roll on that glorious day.