How Sophomoric . . . or Is It?

Nobody wants to ban Shakespeare.  So don’t go wacko on me.

But if this were an isolated incident, something outside of all political contexts that one can imagine over the last year, ahem, sure, this theater-in-the-park would form an interesting mixture of art and politics.  And public figures, if such a thing exists, are expected to be the target of envious tax-payers.  In poor taste perhaps, but art nonetheless.  But it isn’t isolated, which makes this more than art. It is politics.  And politics is nasty.  I see Facebook pages of former colleagues, intelligent men and women, who in any lecture would condemn ad hominem attacks.  But because it is Donald Trump whose rhetoric flies to what resembles extreme for modern liberals, why these former colleagues feel liberated from circumspection not by hate but by outrage to stop the man in his oratorical tracks . . . or at least to counter them.  The Left really wants to get rid of Donald Trump.

The woman at the 1:10-minute mark who says that “I don’t think it’s disrespectful for the president to be assassinated on stage.  It’s not the president, it’s theater.  Everybody knows it’s theater” is clueless as to signaling.  Somebody is signaling.  I don’t think Trump is that big of a threat to the bureaucratic establishment.  I do think that the unwieldy debt crisis in this country is.  No one is addressing that.  And still Trump boosts the Pentagon’s budget.  But that woman in the video should cultivate a better historical context.  When JFK was murdered in Dallas back in 1963, leaflets were distributed by General Edwin A. Walker condemning JFK as a communist.  True it was found that Walker had zero to do with the assassination, which to some might make that a moot point.  But do we spike an inflammatory situation?  Do we escalate?  Is that just theater? Is that just independent journalism?  Is it Charlie Hebdo?   At a minimum it is signaling. What, words, scenes, acts have no meaning or intention or make no statement beyond the confines of the stage or curtain? How big of an idiot or prop is she?

Imagine if Hillary or Obama were the target of someone’s politic theater.

And the reaction is mixed.  Delta and Bank of America, the only two so far, have withdrawn their financial support . . . sort of .  Like I said the withdrawal is mixed. Time Warner still funding the festival.

New York’s Public Theater lost financial support from two high-profile corporate donors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, on Sunday amid intense criticism of its production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler.

The companies’ decisions came after days of criticism online and in right-leaning media outlets that was amplified by Donald Trump Jr., a son of the president, who appeared to call into question the theater’s funding sources on Twitter on Sunday morning.

“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of ‘Julius Caesar’ at this summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” Delta said in a statement on Sunday night. . . .

Bank of America followed hours later, saying it would withdraw financial support from the production of “Julius Caesar” but would not end its financial relationship with the theater, which a bank spokeswoman, Susan Atran, said had lasted for 11 years.

I have no problem criticizing any administration, condemning their policies when they require it or praising policies and law abiding when that presents itself.  But to use the play as justification for contemporary relevance and a veiled threat like that is sophomoric.  You see this kind of play within a play at high schools where one group of teachers and students will collude to publicly humiliate, even threaten one of the teachers on staff.  Not nice.

Robert Wenzel says the Left is desperate.  Boy, are they!

The Left desperately wants a lefty in power. They have nothing else on their minds.

The Left is relentless. David Stockman, former Reagan OMB Director, thinks that the thousand knives are out for Trump and that he will be driven out by midterm elections, 2018. He draws an interesting comparison to Nixon, who actually won the popular vote, whereas Trump won only the electoral vote.  I hope that Trump sees a full term or even two.  Not because I am such a fan of Trump but that I do enjoy that he is a source of such displeasure to the establishment.

But it’s not like Americans win if Trump remains in office or if he is ultimately impeached.  I don’t think he’ll be removed from office.  What do the Democrats want, Pence?

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, assesses the bureaucratic establishment better than any politician I’ve ever heard.

 

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