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Commentary :: Politics
Shakespeare and Bush
14 May 2006
Shakespeare foretold the coming of George the Monkey Bush.
"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

--From Macbeth (V, v, 19)

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The Problem With Public Schools
14 May 2006
No wonder nothing is made in America anymore and we need to hire teachers from India and the Phillipines. In a pathetic effort to call the President a monkey, rather than logically argue about a particular policy, the commie @, as opposed to the other @, tries his/her paw at Shakesperian criticism. As might be expected from a multiculturalist, the effort falls flatter than the bread sold in a market in Gaza.

Macbeth, a strong, heroic but deeply flawed king of Scotland utters the above script. He has been surrounded by his enemies who will wreak revenge for Macbeth's murder of the Legitimate King and several of the nobility. Despite his hopeless situation, Macbeth chooses to fight on.

Unlike the religious fanatics of Shakespeare's days, or the Marxist muticultural fundementalists of today's rigid intellegensia, Shakespeare adopts an existentialist, do what the moment requires approach for Macbeth. Necessity and dignity are all that matter. There is no metaphysical certainty, no Biblical salvation. (Note that the play was written and first performed while King James commissioned the Bible translation that would become the standard, and while the persecution of dissidents raged through Christian Europe at that time).

The speaker recognizes that life is full of sound and fury signifying nothing yet he chooses to create a heroic self by his resistance to a certain death. Here Shakespeare/Macbeth resemble Camus and Sartre, more than the evangelical vision of a Bush.

If @ wishes to imply that Bush is full of sound and fury signifying nothing, he should so state. I applaud his quotation of this great passage: it shows the decline in Western civilization from Shakespeare to hip hop and a population that would never find the Globe inspiring. Many of Shakespeare's audience were illiterate yet they appreciated the stark, humanist and often hopeless view of the Universe voiced bythe Bard.

Today multicultural ideologues resembel not Shakespeare's cold realism but the ignorant bigotry of Savaronola and John Calvin. Burn the books and ban the speaker. That is the Left of today. Shakespeare would dislike them, but having seen the fanatics of his time, both Catholic and Protestant, he would not be surprised.

The people who find meaning in "diversity" and denigrate nationalism and military courage would be the "idiot[s} " of referred to by Shakespeare. George Bush would simply be one of the colorless nobles that Shakespeare occasionally used as bit characters. But his main tragic heroes are men of valor, often miltrary men, who the Left would despise.