Hillary! and Kipling

So Hillary! is running, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist has some thoughts, and so do I.

To start with I don’t disagree with a single word she wrote here. It strikes me as strange that the Democrats, who like to think of themselves as the party of the young and hip, can’t seem to find anybody but an old woman, without accomplishments (except I suppose for marrying Bill). In addition she’s full of old and discredited ideas, and ties to Wall Street that Mitt Romney can only envy.

Old Rudyard Kipling has some pithy thing to say about people like her as well.

THEY shall not return to us, the resolute, the young,
The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:
But the men who left them thriftily to die in their own dung,
Shall they come with years and honour to the grave?They shall not return to us; the strong men coldly slain
In sight of help denied from day to day:
But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain,
Are they too strong and wise to put away?Our dead shall not return to us while Day and Night divide–
 Never while the bars of sunset hold.
But the idle-minded overlings who quibbled while they died,
Shall they thrust for high employments as of old?Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour:
When the storm is ended shall we find
How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power
By the favour and contrivance of their kind?Even while they soothe us, while they promise large amends,
Even while they make a show of fear,
Do they call upon their debtors, and take counsel with their friends,
To conform and re-establish each career?Their lives cannot repay us–their death could not undo–
The shame that they have laid upon our race.
But the slothfulness that wasted and the arrogance that slew,
Shell we leave it unabated in its place?

I always thought he summed up the political class pretty well when he said

I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?

And summed it up in two very pithy lines

If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.

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9 Responses to Hillary! and Kipling

  1. the unit says:

    I think maybe the most important line is…”The shame that they have laid upon our race.” Humanity, not a race, and not just the Clintons but the political class forever throughout all time, ’cause we did and still do put up with it. IMO. That’s the history that rhymes with the times.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, i pretty much agree with that, and it surely is.

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      • the unit says:

        I think I read that just the other day. Twain said it. History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, but rhymes with the times. Anyway, can’t take credit. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep it was twain. Hartley said, “The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And O can’t be involved with anything before he was born, or with the goings on now if genocide of Christians, but except tee time and vacations take off time, and I think he gets to keep fund making money (if not him, who?). Then we back to …”The shame that they have laid upon our race.”

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that about covers it. 😦

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        • the unit says:

          I’m going to have to learn how to do that frown face. Let’s see, I’ll try 😦

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        • the unit says:

          I did it. 😀

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        • NEO says:

          😛

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