No, I’m not just asking the question everyone else is asking. I’m quoting Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. It’s, like, erudite.
“Live by the sword, die by the sword. But if you want to survive, you’d better at least understand that once forged, a sword can be wielded by anyone strong enough to grab it. You might not like it when your army decides to follow, but you’re the one who taught them to follow the shiny object without worrying too much about whose hand is on the hilt, aren’t you?”
Pretty much. But I think Kevin makes one Schadenfreudian slip or call it what you will. I mean: he’s ‘Drum’ and there’s ‘Trump’. We have a battle metaphor. How can you not quote Shakespeare?
“Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up,
His sword did ne’er leave striking in the field.” – Henry VI
Goldberg thus emerges as a historic figure. Tragic even. Just as he is vexed by the infidelity of the conservative base, Othello was once maddened by a different infidelity:
“O, now, for ever
Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars,
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell!
Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner, and all quality,
Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!”
Trump and Drum. Like peanut butter and jelly.
“Proclaim our honours, lords, with trump and drum.” – Titus Andronicus
But seriously, I have an explanation for this Trump business. Goldberg’s lament comes complete with a sidebar of related NR material you can peruse, to achieve deeper understanding of the issues.
You can see the force escalation. First, blame the left for Trump, then Trump for himself – finally, as a last resort, blame even the base. That’s what Goldberg is now trying. But what of that third item? Could it be that Trump is, in essence, merely the best, most devastating anti-Pajama Boy zinger yet?
Pajama Boy is the emblematic essence of liberalism’s omni-care – Obamacare. You will be made to care! (But think about it: if you care about everything, that’s like caring about NOTHING!) Ergo, conservatism, the opposite of liberalism, is most like the thing in the universe most unlike Pajama Boy. Namely, the honey badger. But, be it howsoever comprehensively uncaring the honey badger is ineligible for the high office of the Presidency. Thus, Trump. The closest thing in the universe to a honey badger that is eligible for the Presidency.
I know I’m not the first to note that Trump looks and acts like a honey badger. But I am the first to note that ‘Pajama Boy’ is the antonym of ‘honey badger’. This is scientifically testable. Next time you are playing Taboo and your card says ‘honey badger’, just provide the sure-fire hint ‘the opposite of Pajama Boy’. See if your partner doesn’t get it in one!
Bonus Fact The First: Conservatives often complain that it’s been downhill for at least a century or so. Often they blame Wilson – or Herbert Croly, when Goldberg is feeling fancy. But I think that’s just a proxy for increased pajama talk, decade on decade. Note how the graph rises steeply in the 70’s, then levels off in Reagan’s America. Then creeps up again in the 90’s. Coincidence? If I think it’s a fact, isn’t it a kind of fact?
Bonus Fact The Second: ‘Badger’ used to mean peddler. Thus, in the OED, we find this sentence, from 1610: “All the inhabitants be as it were a kind of hucksters, or badgers.” That’s from William Camden, Britain; or, A chorographicall description of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Shakespeare never uses the word ‘badger’ or I would have made a joke about it already.