PRODUCERS NOTE: Much bad language in this. If bad words offend you, then don’t listen to it. – Producer Henri
Once upon a time – roughly 45 years ago – there were five siblings who drove each other batty by picking on each other and throwing tricycles down the stairs. Then one of them would call Mom and complain about being picked on. Of course, the one who called Mom always left out the part about throwing the tricycle at the others.
Then they grew up and one of them got a really bad perm. Because it was the 1980s.
And so now those boys are Dads and they watch as their own kids’ fight and argue. And they wonder why the children in Washington, D.C. continue to act like children hitting and yelling at each other and then calling mom and demanding that the other ones be punished…
Once again, the grand pronouncements have proven to be as empty as a weather report promising rain which could have washed away my arch-nemesis, the Atomic Pollen. I’ve said this so many times that it’s going stale. I said it during the 2016 Campaign when people posted “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING” articles and memes from borderline obscure websites that Hillary Clinton was Satan or Muslim or had an illegal server in her downstairs bathroom closet. I said it when Devin Nunes’ Cow announced that his self-written FBI memo was “GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING!“
After a seeming eternity of arguments, debates, promises, and threats, the Mueller Report changes nothing. Because – and I say this with love – unless you had a video of Putin handing Trump a big-ole-bag-o-cash and then punting a puppy of the Brooklyn Bridge, you had nothing. You didn’t. And you don’t.
For those of you who are celebrating, if you think that this is all over, you’re not paying attention. At. All.
Meanwhile, we’re back to the big issues that actually matter. Congress wants a pay rise. But they are deeply concerned that if they go and vote themselves a whacking pay rise you will be upset and maybe not love them as you do now.
I’m serious. They are, like, working really… like, really hard and stuff. They don’t even have time to buy a chair! Oh.. there are also questions about that pesky Constitution thingee… you know… how the 27th Amendment it says no pay rises until there’s been an election? Isn’t that an issue here?
Like anything else, that changes nothing…
It’s not much of a secret that I love ancient history. My two favorite periods are from the 18th to the 25th dynasties of Egypt and, even more so, the period of world history from 334bce, when Alexander crossed the Hellespont, through the fall of Jerusalem in 70ce to the soon-to-be Roman Emperor Titus. This period of time, roughly four hundred years, reverberates today.
This was a period of time well known to our forefathers. They were steeped in it, drenched in its philosophical ideas and lessons. They understood the political games and the attempts by despots to rule the world, and how easy it was for there to be manipulation of public opinion when education was lacking.
Four Hundred and thirteen years after Shakespeare, we have been conditioned to see the stories of the lives of the great names in a sympathetic light. Julius Caesar was a benevolent father to his people and he was a tragic figure. Mark Anthony was troubled by the need to avenge the murder of his friend and also spend his life and his personal fortune with his love.
Cleopatra? Of all of them, she has undergone the most serious transformation. Elizabeth Taylor aside, Cleopatra probably wasn’t beautiful, but she was dangerous. Far more dangerous and much more deadly than an Egyptian Asp.
Why does any of this matter?
If Shakespeare can transform these characters from who they really were into their opposites, why is today’s cultural manipulation any different?