Et Tu Mitch?

Saturday, October 14, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

It’s been almost a year since Donald J. Trump rocked the political establishment of that 68 square miles surrounded by reality that is Washington DC and the nation’s capital will never be the same again.

To the genteel Washington society of lobbyists, consultants and other assorted bottom feeders his ascension was analogous to the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1829 when the doors of the White House were flung open as the new president invited the common folk who elected him to celebrate.

Society matrons swooned and couldn’t believe what they saw as these back country bumpkins drank and partied, breaking furniture and hollerin’ and dancin’ into the night.

After all the vile things that were said about Jackson and his wife Rachel by his establishment opponents during the campaign, Old Hickory probably enjoyed every minute though he was said to have fled the revelry through the back door.

To Democrats, Trump’s election meant that their dreams of turning America into the 29th member of the European Union complete with socialized medicine, unlimited immigration, weak militaries and confiscatory taxes were dead as was the Clinton dynasty and its Dowager Empress Hillary.

To Republicans, Donald Trump is the skunk at their Georgetown garden party where the guests sip wine and make fun of the bumpkins.

They consistently lie to these good and decent folks with a straight face with promises they have no intention of keeping and then expect them to turn out and vote for them come Election Day.

As I got to thinking about some of the recent comments by Senators Bob Corker, John McCain and Susan Collins and the despicable actions of the minions of Old Marble Mouth Mitch McConnell against Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama senate primary, I was reminded of the controversy last spring over Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar performed in New York’s Central Park.

The play was brought up to date with Donald Trump as Caesar and my guess is many liberals went just to see the scene where Caesar is assassinated by members of the Roman Senate.

But Shakespeare’s play is not just about the political murder of Caesar.

The message is more like Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Physics.

To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction or put bluntly-be careful what you wish for because there will be consequences.

Caesar was a powerful man who became dictator of Rome.

He had conquered Gaul, defeated his political rival Pompey, and amassed great wealth.

He also was very popular and a hero to the common people as he spread his wealth around to them. He also expanded and opened the hidebound Senate to people from lower classes, provided for the veterans of his legions who had fought alongside him in his conquests changing Roman society forever.

Now the Senators who conspired against him didn’t like what old Caesar was doin’ because they liked things just as they were where they held all the power and they could manipulate the people.

Sound familiar?

So under the guise of “saving the Roman Republic” from Caesar they killed him on  the floor of the Senate on March 15, 44 BC.

They thought they would be hailed as heroes and if there was a New York Times at the time they probably would have been.

But after Caesar’s friend Mark Antony gave a real stemwinder of a eulogy at Caesar’s public funeral, the people turned on the conspirators burned their homes and forced them to flee for their lives.

Two years later what was left of the Senate made Caesar a ‘God of Rome’ orchestrated by his adopted son and heir Octavian who naturally became the ‘Son of God’.

And then Octavian got together with Caesar’s eulogizer and friend Mark Antony and they chased those scoundrels down and at the Battle of Phillippi in Greece in October 42 BC defeated them. Senators Brutus and Cassius the leaders of the plot did the honorable Roman thing and committed suicide.

And Octavian later became Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome.

The Roman Republic that the Senate killed Caesar to save was dead.

Trump is not a dictator and he won an election fair and square but I’ll bet Caesar would have won any election in Rome.

Now I don’t believe that McConnell and McCain and their Democratic co-conspirators like Chuck Schumer want to physically assassinate Trump but they do want to get rid of him so they can return to all their double dealing and keeping their cozy little game going in that Rome-on-the-Potomac.

But they had better learn the lessons of history and what happened to the ones who killed Caesar.

By killing the brash Caesar they got someone who was much craftier who used the same tactics to win over the people.

And the Senate became nothing more than a glorified debating society with little to no power.  

Somehow I doubt they will learn the lesson.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.

“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’, the few who learn from observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves”.

Mitch McConnell and his band of Never Trump Senate conspirators seem to have to pee on the electric fence to learn anything because they keep doing it.

Maybe someday the shock will be strong enough that they will get the message.

Because the political revolution that Trump rode to the White House is just beginning and the people aren’t going back to being slaves to the corrupt system built on false promises, lies and theft of their hard earned money that props up a bloated bureaucracy.

Be careful what you wish for Never Trumpers!