Friday, August 29, 2014

All The Political World's A Stage: Shakespeare Allusions Abound

And all the politicians merely players who strut and fret their hour making their exits and their entrances; and most in their time play many parts.

During the next few weeks political junkies can anticipate the grand performance at the September 24 (Government Operations and Audit Committee) GOAC hearing. Chairperson State Senator Larry Tidemann has invited Joop Bollen to attend and explain how money went through his non-banks and disappeared into the ether. Democrats have invited Governor Dennis Daugaard and former governor Mike Rounds to explain their roles in EB-5, Norther Beef Packers, and expensive but guaranteed visas.

Susan Wismer has sought to recuse herself from the proceedings to avoid even the appearance of political evil. Some have opined that the lady doth protest too much.

The next few weeks will be full of sound and fury. Alas, the buildup will likely be better than the final staged performance. Bollen will decline the invitation. Rounds and Daugaard will submit letters full of legalese and jargon signifying nothing.

And those who want the truth will be left to mutter curses, not loud but deep.


John Tsitrian said...

Lady Mac nailed it: "Out, damned spot! Out, I say . . . What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him." Who'd have thought, indeed?

Kal Lis said...

Lady Macbeth did indeed provide a powerful quotation.

I'm in a minority, but I have always preferred these "blood" lines from that Scottish play.

. . .for now I am bent to know,
By the worst means, the worst. For mine own good,
All causes shall give way. I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
Strange things I have in head, that will to hand,
Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.

John Tsitrian said...

Oh, yes! And now my mind is filled with images of the Benda corpse, festering in that field as I consider Mac's tortured soul: "Gravestones have been known to move, and trees to speak, to bring guilty men to justice."