We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
With every day that passes, T.S. Eliot’s visionary description of the “modern” GOP (read: AFP, the American Fascist Party) and the consequence(s) implicit thereof proves itself to be one of the most incredibly accurate descriptions of current time warp imaginable. And, of course, let us not fail to recall that Eliot wrote those words the better part of a century ago. Talk about prescience! The only argument I can come up with that’s the least bit contrary is that he titled his poem “The Hollow Men” and, in so doing, left no obvious space for all Hollow Women of current day. Of course Eliot never ran across Phyllis Schlafly, et al. (at least I don’t think he did — she’s really not 250-plus, is she? Hmmmm). Still, in a world where one could swear that Ted Cruz IS Joe McCarthy . . .
Yeah, OK, I get it, never mind.
Whatever. The fact is that stupid remains stupid, no matter the year. I choose, as my preferred and eternal descriptor, the word ‘Idiotica’ — as in Encyclopedia Idiotica: History’s Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them — even though it has become, as of this moment, horrendously out of date, and . . . (see below for a detail or two. Three maybe):
Of course Senate Republicans should block President Obama from filling this Supreme Court vacancy in an election year, and they have 80 years of precedent on their side. But Republicans should go further and block nominations for all the other vacancies in the federal judiciary, too.
. . . Congress can more effectively defund enforcement of the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage decisions by the judiciary without sparking a phony “war on women” debate.
Congress should also defund use of taxpayer money by the Department of Justice to push the liberal agenda in the liberal courts. Congress should cut back on the funding for the courts themselves, too, and eliminate rather than fill some of the vacancies.
. . . Obama pulled the plug on Russia; I know this sounds like a terrible conspiracy theory but I believe it, and they he then orchestrated the coup in Ukraine and then sort of kick-started the Cold War again. I believe, personally, a lot of people might not, but I believe that one of the main reasons for him doing that was to stop the Russians from setting the example across the world because this agenda is heart and soul to Obama.”
“Justice Scalia’s death makes this presidential election a battle for the future of this nation,” Hagee said. “If the president is allowed by the Senate to appoint a Supreme Court justice, America as we know it will be lost forever and immediately. A fifth liberal justice on the court will pass the socialist agenda of the president with lightening speed. Every person listening to this telecast should contact their senator and urge them not to consider any candidate to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court until the next president has been elected by the American people. For once, let the voice of the American people make the call, not the political establishment in Washington, D.C.”
“I think the starvation, the plan to starve Americans into the FEMA camps” will soon be unveiled, Quayle said, arguing that Scalia’s death foretells the death of the Constitution.
“When you kill off the oldest guy who is foundationally sound — I would say this, Judge Scalia’s murder is equal to, if you will, the last pillar holding up what was left of the Constitution. I believe, and somebody’s already put it out on the internet, if you believe in the Constitution, you will be a criminal,” he said.
While criticizing the “so-called millenniums” today, Pat Robertson skewered Bernie Sanders supporters as “a bunch of ignorant sheep” who are “cheering a man who wants to take away all our money.”
So here we are then. Ignorant sheep. Works for me. Ergo, from one “ignorant sheep” to what I presume to be a whole flock of “ignorant sheep,” The Hollow Men concluded, long ago, the consequence to a culture that chooses to kneel before its . . . ummmm . . . its Hollow Men?
. . . Life is very long
Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom . . .
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Yep. De-evolution via Hollow Men aka the GOP mind-meld. History repeats. Again.