Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Richard III and American Politics
“And thus I clothe my naked villainy.
With odd old ends stol'n out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil."
. . . William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act 1, Scene III
Richard III is one of the greatest villains in history. He sabotaged or murdered every member of his family who stood between him and the English Throne, including his two nephews who were both children. The above quote is a statement of his method of advancement. When did this level of dissembling, deceit and play acting become the preferred method of running for the Office of the President – admired by the pundits, extolled as brilliant strategy by surrogates and winked at by the whores in the Beltway and network media?
King Richard was a tool of his own malignant ambition. The man who would be king, Mitt Romney, will be a tool of every Rightwing extremist group in this country. Like George W. Bush, also a much touted businessman, he will deal devastating blows to our military, our economy and our institutions. Two questions remain. First, how many more wallops can the Great Experiment – our America – sustain before it collapses into chaos? Second, what kind of naiveté, greed, blind self-interest or just plain stupidity would promote another Richard III to the Oval Office by popular vote?