One thing is true about contemporary politics in the UK, the EU and the USA – it’s not boring. Not only the facts, the events, the personalities, but also the conversations. The internet has liberated all of us, and for every crank theory there is an intelligent analysis that you won’t get in the mainstream media. It’s brilliant. A lot of it is also very funny/entertaining, though hardly ever emanating from the more left inclined end of the spectrum, where humour is suspect.
Whether or not we’re currently getting good government, we’re certainly benefiting from the theme of John von Kannon‘s wonderful quote “If you can’t have good government, at least have entertaining government.”
A rising star in 2017 is Thomas Wictor, whose biography is pretty extraordinary, and who has a dedicated bunch of followers on Twitter, waiting for the next in his series of long threads, centring around government, lefties, war, the military, pictorial analysis and flamethrowers. Yes, flamethrowers. In fact, with respect to the latter, read the genius thread starting here.
He’s an erudite man, and a terrific writer. Here is his series of tweets creating the ‘Trump is Leiningen’ meme. A sheer delight. You don’t have to be a Trumpkin to enjoy the point.
“Leiningen Versus the Ants,” by Carl Stephenson (1893-1954). A plantation owner versus army ants.
Leiningen is a middle-aged man who refuses to give up. He enemies are the ants–robotic, vicious, inhuman.
My father’s most inspired quote: “Can you reason with a wasp?”
Of course not. Leiningen tries everything to save his plantation.
The ants won’t be stopped. They want what they want, and they’ll get it by any means necessary.
When all seems lost, Leiningen realizes that there’s one last chance, but someone will have to run through two miles of ants.
So Leiningen tells his men what will happen:
“I’m not going to let you try it; if I did I’d be worse than one of those ants.”
“No, I called the tune, and now I’m going to pay the piper.” Middle-aged Leiningen will run through two miles of ants.
How many people know that those who call the tune must pay the piper?
President Trump knows. He pays the piper daily, without complaint. That’s why Trump is winning and will be completely successful.
Army ants–no matter how many there are–can’t think. Last night I was told by THIS person that leftism will win.
Delusional army ants. That’s what Trump and his supporters face.
“Leiningen Versus the Ants” has one of my favorite lines ever:
“They had been delivered into the annihilation that was their god.”
Watch it happen. And celebrate.
…and Tom goes on to provide a handy CNN video. Hilarious