Thursday, January 12, 2017

“Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much”

The Oxford English Dictionary says that William Shakespeare introduced more than 3,000 words into the English language.  Quotes from his writings, including the title of today’s blog, have become familiar to all.   I’m using “Methinks thou dost protest too much” this morning to remind all of us, whatever our political persuasion or party affiliation, that we are hypocritical extremists.  A hypocrite is one who practices the same behavior or activity for which s/he criticizes another.  The word “extremist” implies the hypocrite as one who goes ballistic when the shoe of demeaning insult or disparaging remark ends up on his or her foot.

Methinks, Mr. Trump, thou dost protest too much over an unverified and unsubstantiated dossier printed by a news organization.  It may very well be “fake news” as you say, put together by your “opponents, sick people,” who put the “crap together” and “it shouldn’t have even entered the paper.”  “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”  I assume you asked that question because you felt unfairly persecuted.  And perhaps you were treated unfairly.  But you must get accustomed to this as the President of these United States.  

Methinks, Mr. Trump, thou dost protest too much.  Think of what the out-going president has had to deal with over the past eight years.  Do you not recall the “fake news” as you say, put together by  his “opponents, sick people,” who put such “crap together” about where he was born by referencing unverified and unsubstantiated sources—creating an unbelievable and fake conspiracy that still thrives in the minds of his opponents to this day (yes, I hear you, “sick people” to be sure).  This conspiracy still lives,  even after you, Mr. Trump, were so helpful and accommodating as you “forced,” as you say, the president to publicly produce his birth certificate! 

Methinks we all dost protest too much.  Winston Churchill in a speech in the House of Commons (January 22, 1941) said, “I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it parts for the time with reality.”

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