In the famous Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night, the leading character, Malvolio, is a pompous fool who considers himself so superior and knowledgeable that his disdain for those who do not agree with him is palpable.
“Go hang yourselves all! You are idle shallow things. I am not of your element. You shall know more hereafter,” he threatens.
What is it about Malvolio that reminds me of the Democrats? Could it be the arrogant way they look down on those who do not accept their political prancing and preening on impractical policies such as open borders, unbridled immigration (have they not seen the disaster that is Europe?) and green new deals? You know, as in “the Deplorables,” and the “Walmart” people.
Or maybe it is by the way they accuse anyone who does not agree with their gender and color protected shallow policies as racists and the need to get in their faces?
“Go hang yourselves all. You are all idle shallow things.”
It’s all a projection of their own sins onto others. As with Malvolio, they cannot see their own faults and arrogance. They inflict their deviancies onto the other side.
Example, Russian collusion. Example, slavery. Example, racism. Example, impeachment.
It will not end well.
When the vanity of Malvolio is publicly exposed in anger he threatens, “I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you!”
Will that revenge be a violence that dare not speak its name? Assassination.
With the vanity of a Democratic defeat by an upstart, they pledged revenge of the whole pack of the victorious Trump Administration, particularly targeting the leader himself. As he does good for his people and the country, the mob howl hysterically.
“Impeachment! Resist! Collusion! Traitor! Obstruction! Racists!” It has all the hallmarks of a Shakespearian performance. Congressional plotting. Special Councils full of sound and fury signifying – nothing!
It is the indignant fury of the Democratic Puritans. They have a holier than thou attitude. They claim to possess a higher moral authority for saving the planet even as they lose their own country.
Yet, it is so easy to catch them out. By pointing out the egregious fault lines in their grandiose ambitions they are hoisted on their own petard.
Hoisted on their own petard is an expression that derives from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, in which Claudius, who plots to kill Hamlet, is blown up by his own bomb.
Its contemporary meaning is poetic justice. More crudely, it means to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else. Seems perfectly apt for the poetic justice that is waiting for the hostility of the Democrats who are doing everything not to serve the needs of those that elected them to power.
As in any good Shakespearean plot, everything they accuse Trump of doing they are guilty of themselves. Hillary Clinton server. The Clinton campaign paying a foreign agent for Russian disinformation on a political opponent to concoct a fraudulent investigation of the opposition candidate. Obama’s $150 billion cash to the evil Mullahs of Tehran. Bill Clinton’s flights on Epstein’s private jet to Pedophile Island. In the Virgin Islands, no less.
“I never had sex with those girls…”
Plots worthy of the Bard’s pen.
The corruption of high level power would be literary fodder to the Bard.
Despite the Democrats losing a three-year effort at enforcing a soft coup against a duly elected president by foul methods, some keep flailing away in Congress in a last gasp attempt at impeachment. This, as the curtain is about to go up on the final act in which the bad actors are about to be exposed for the crimes they have committed.
If William Shakespeare were alive today, he would enjoy a Second Coming based on the machinations of Democratic Deep State actors.
His plays, based on what we are witnessing, would perform to sold-out theaters everywhere.
“There Are None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See” would make a great title for Shakespeare’s next play.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies and blogs on his webpage www.theviewfromisrael.com