Sunday, July 31, 2011

Congressional Lord of the Flies

As the debt crisis started, I picked up a used book copy of Lord of the Flies by William Golding for 50 cents at the local library.  The  classic delves into the defects of society that are borne out of the shortcomings of human nature when left to its own devices.  Amid the shrill cries, "Kill the Beast! Cut his Throat! Spill his Blood!" its hard not to think about the Tea Party, their orthodox mantras and their zealotry as they grow ready to sacrifice the U.S. economy in the proverbial hunt.  Obama fits in as a good Ralph character, who was given leadership only to see it stolen by those bearing force.  Perhaps the Dems make a good Piggy character, left broken on the rocks when thinking that reason would have won out the day.  We'll see if any grownups appear on the beach to save us just in time before our island descends into anarchy.

"And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."

No comments: