ÆSOP AGONISTES

Here’s what we’ve been watching ever since Trump came down that golden escalator:

the fable of the tortoise and the hare.

Except:  the hare is NOT supposed to win. That cocky,  overconfident,  self-promoting braggart!  He goes down to a humiliating defeat, everybody knows  that!   You can’t  mess with that!  In the primaries, poky “please clap” Jeb played the tortoise.  How could he lose?  He was s’posed  to be there silently waiting at the finish line  when  the proud, braggadocious   hare finally limped  over! “Slow and steady wins the race!”   This could not really be happening!

And then there was Clinton.  She had “earned “ the right to the presidency, she had “paid her dues” in the Senate.  She was a woman, so naturally at a disadvantage.  A woman married to a notorious sexual philanderer! She was such an obvious loser that she  had  to win: that’s  in the script! She was Patient Griselda, and she was supposed to end up as the Queen.

Welp—turned out about half of us, at least, always secretly found  that turtle kinda, boring and repulsive, the entire fable counter-intuitive and —just, preachy and  irritating.
Yeah, okay, okay: Pride cometh before a fall, the race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong….This convention that requires any successful individual to feign modesty and humility is deeply inculcated in us all. Some people cannot endure any challenge to It!  That’s  what explains the deep, intransigent hatred of the Nevers and the Dems for Trump.

in 2016, the race WAS to the swift, and the battle to the strong!  The hare turned out to be, not  Æsop’s blowhard, but the invincible wiseass  Bugs Bunny!

And our country is sharply And bitterly divided: on the Left,  those  who cling to the old unspoken mores, sputtering with indignation at any deviation, and on the Right, us, the Rightly-guided,  secretly and rebelliously  rooting for the hare all along!

Whaddya think, O Ratty?

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19 thoughts on “ÆSOP AGONISTES”

  1. Thanks to dear Hypatia, my education continues apace.

    welp

    /welp/

    Learn to pronounce

    exclamation
    INFORMALUS

    1. nonstandard spelling of well1, representing a pronunciation (typically used to convey resignation or disappointment).

      “welp, spring break is pretty much over”

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  2. À propos of the lapine theme, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Amy CONEY  Barrett 😂😂😂😂😂😂!  Too perfect!

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  3. I think a better way to think of it is the parable of the older brother and the younger son. The older brother seems good but the prodigal son has a better understanding of the father. Honesty beats out falsehood. Trump was more transparent and real. Jeb, Hillary, and many others were false.

    On a related note it surprised me how the emperors of the conservative movement had no clothes.

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  4. 10 Cents:
    On a related note it surprised me how the emperors of the conservative movement had no clothes.

    Yes, there were several pundits whose conservative writings I had previously enjoyed but who turned out not to understand conservativism at all and revealed themselves to be simple elitists.

    They have been showered with praise and airtime by Big Media.  Truly they have their reward.

    Quislings.

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  5. MJBubba:

    10 Cents:
    On a related note it surprised me how the emperors of the conservative movement had no clothes.

    Yes, there were several pundits whose conservative writings I had previously enjoyed but who turned out not to understand conservativism at all and revealed themselves to be simple elitists.

    They have been showered with praise and airtime by Big Media.  Truly they have their reward.

    Quislings.

    Did they change or were they always this way? Did we change?

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  6. Hypatia:

    Uncle Al:

    “The hare turned out to be, not  Æsop’s blowhard, but the invincible wiseass  Bugs Bunny!”

    Perceptive.  Trump is from Queens, I am from Brooklyn.  If you think being up to your chin in a lake of boiling blood is bad, consider the yutz upon whose shoulders you are standing.

    https://miro.medium.com/max/600/1*ZjNCQ9UocstaF4Zw87P-rA.jpeg

    You go, Nunc!  And does anybody doubt that Bugs Bunny hails from Brooklyn?

    Nope turns out Bugs was from San Fran.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blanc

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  7. 10 Cents:

    MJBubba:

    10 Cents:
    On a related note it surprised me how the emperors of the conservative movement had no clothes.

    Yes, there were several pundits whose conservative writings I had previously enjoyed but who turned out not to understand conservativism at all and revealed themselves to be simple elitists.

    They have been showered with praise and airtime by Big Media.  Truly they have their reward.

    Quislings.

    Did they change or were they always this way? Did we change?

    Good question.

    I think they were clever wordsmiths who had only a shallow commitment to conservativism.

    If you are not well-grounded you could mistake some characteristics of conservatives for fundamentals.  For example, gradualism.  As a conservative, I prefer change at a slow pace.  The intent of moving slow is to allow for minor course corrections as you proceed in a particular direction.

    Trump was promising big changes and that spooked them.  They thought he was being “not conservative.”

    But the big changes that Trump was promising were, in fact, reversions to previous policies and major roll-backs of policies that have been demonstrated to be counterproductive and excessively costly.  A reversion is very different than a change, and larger steps can be taken if you are stepping back into known territory.

    The QuislingCon emphasis on gradualism was (and is) misplaced.

    That is not the only aspect of conservativism that they got wrong.

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  8. Hypatia:
    The hare turned out to be, not  Æsop’s blowhard, but the invincible wiseass  Bugs Bunny!

    Bugs was my childhood hero, along with the Road Runner. Clever, agile, and tricky is much more appealing than plodding and dull. Those guys won with panache.

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  9. 10 Cents:

    MJBubba:

    10 Cents:
    On a related note it surprised me how the emperors of the conservative movement had no clothes.

    Yes, there were several pundits whose conservative writings I had previously enjoyed but who turned out not to understand conservativism at all and revealed themselves to be simple elitists.

    They have been showered with praise and airtime by Big Media.  Truly they have their reward.

    Quislings.

    Did they change or were they always this way? Did we change?

    We changed because we learned. They were always thus.

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  10. drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Nope turns out Bugs was from San Fran.

    The San Francisco of 1908, Mel Blanc’s birth year, was very different from today’s. It was more Paladin, a knight without armor in a savage land, than the gay bath houses of the 1980s.

    Oh I know it. I believe Wyatt ERP once called San Fran home for a time. Like you I was a huge Bugs fan along with Foghorn Leghorn.

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  11. I think someone who works as hard as Trump is more a turtle than a hare. He never stopped during the 2016 campaign. I would say Hillary and Jeb rested on their laurels and lost.

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  12. Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Nope turns out Bugs was from San Fran.

    The San Francisco of 1908, Mel Blanc’s birth year, was very different from today’s. It was more Paladin, a knight without armor in a savage land, than the gay bath houses of the 1980s.

    Oh I know it. I believe Wyatt ERP once called San Fran home for a time. Like you I was a huge Bugs fan along with Foghorn Leghorn.

    I liked Speedy Gonzales and El Kabong. (This probably disqualifies from having a show on CNN.)

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  13. 10 Cents:

    Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Nope turns out Bugs was from San Fran.

    The San Francisco of 1908, Mel Blanc’s birth year, was very different from today’s. It was more Paladin, a knight without armor in a savage land, than the gay bath houses of the 1980s.

    Oh I know it. I believe Wyatt ERP once called San Fran home for a time. Like you I was a huge Bugs fan along with Foghorn Leghorn.

    I liked Speedy Gonzales and El Kabong. (This probably disqualifies from having a show on CNN.)

    Well of course Pepe le Pew was a rapist.

    https://vocal.media/viva/pepe-le-pew-is-the-mascot-of-sexual-harassment-a-retrospective-on-growing-up-with-rape-and-consent-culture-in-80s-pop-culture

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  14. Robert A. McReynolds:

    10 Cents:

    Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Nope turns out Bugs was from San Fran.

    The San Francisco of 1908, Mel Blanc’s birth year, was very different from today’s. It was more Paladin, a knight without armor in a savage land, than the gay bath houses of the 1980s.

    Oh I know it. I believe Wyatt ERP once called San Fran home for a time. Like you I was a huge Bugs fan along with Foghorn Leghorn.

    I liked Speedy Gonzales and El Kabong. (This probably disqualifies from having a show on CNN.)

    Well of course Pepe le Pew was a rapist.

    https://vocal.media/viva/pepe-le-pew-is-the-mascot-of-sexual-harassment-a-retrospective-on-growing-up-with-rape-and-consent-culture-in-80s-pop-culture

    Is that better than being French?

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