Friday :: Jun 11, 2004

No More Mr. Nice Guy


by pessimist

By the time most of you read this, the decadently ornate casket of Ronald Wilson Reagan will be planted in the soil outside his library. I've stayed quiet about Reagan himself, although his name has come up this week in discussing the activities of others. Now that the celebrations and political grandstanding are completed, it's my turn.

Friends, Americans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Reagan, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred 'neath their bones;
So as it is with Reagan.

The noble Limbaugh
Hath told you Reagan was Righteous:
If it were so, it was his grievous fault,
And fatuously hath Reagan answer'd it.

Here, under leave of Limbaugh and the rest -
For Limbaugh is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men -
Come I to speak aft' Reagan's interment.
He was a fiend, faithless and unjust.

But Limbaugh says he was Righteous;
And Limbaugh is an honourable man.

He hath brought many teammates to D.C
Whose ransacks did the general coffers spill:
Did this in Reagan seem Righteous?

When that the poor have cried, Reagan hath slept:
Righteous should be made of kinder stuff:

Yet Limbaugh says he was Righteous;
And Limbaugh is an honourable man.

You all did see that from Teheran
He thrice denied a hostage deal,
Which later he did grant: was this Righteous?

Yet Limbaugh says he was Righteous;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Limbaugh spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love him once, tho without cause:
What blindness binds you then, from damning him?
O judgment! thou art fled from brutish beasts
Once men, who lost their reason.

Bear with me;
My land is in the coffin there with Reagan,
And I won't rest 'til it come back to me.


Adapted from Marc Antony's speech
Julius Caesar Act III Scene 2, by William Shakespeare
Adaptation Copyright (c) 2004 PESSIMISTUNES

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