Buddy Gaius

Shakespeare wrote for the common man in language that was effective and rhythmically irresistible.  It's a kind of poetry that appeals to the democratic audience.  At the same time, however, he portrays that audience as foolish, quick to change its mind, and fast to violence.  I think there's a Walt Whitman quote out there to this effect, or something like it.

The state of American politics gives me pause.  Great ideas and leaders suffer the misdirection of public discourse.  Crucial intersections pass without a nation's action.  I wanly hope the enlightened monarch will cross the Rubicon and seize the moment.  But that's selfish of me, because everyone's just going to stab this dude in the end.

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