10 March 2007

Ides Comin'

The argument of what is Evil, Greed, Lust for Power and Ambition have been at war for as long as human beings have existed even in the minds of those accused of these qualities. Our current president seems to have friends and loyalists who believe in him. There is a chance that he will succeed in what he considers noble intentions. The whole of world opinion could be wrong and I just might be in error in believing him to be the worst president with which the country has been cursed. Only time will solve the riddle. So herewith five days of Shakespeare. Have at it on the continuing argument in the comments.

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
Act 3 Scene 2

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones:
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
For Brutus is an honorable man;
So are they all, all honourable men,--
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once,--not without cause:
What cause withholds you, then, to mourn for him?--
O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason!--Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

we do not agree. enough said...

smiles, bee

Jamie said...

No problem. Someone has to be among the 30% who think he knows what he is doing.

After all Anthony was praising Caesar.

Jamie said...


I thought I was saying that I was among the 70% unless I misunderstood Bee

Women on the Verge said...


You are not in error... period.


AlanBoss said...

"There is a chance that he will succeed in what he considers noble intentions."

My goodness, Jamie! That is awfully tactful of you! You know my position. He may be that self deluded. But Dick Cheney, on the other hand...

My wife and I saw the national touring company of "Jesus Christ, Superstar" last night. I get a real chuckle out of the Pilate/ Herod/ Pilate scenes. After 2007 years, politicians haven't changed much.

Jamie said...

Prove to me that you're no fool
Walk across my swimming pool

Lexa Roséan said...

unfortunately this eulogy is early as Bush is not dead yet. Pity.

BTW are you watching HBO's Rome? A wonderful escape from the madness Bush has created in our present world.

Anon-Paranoid said...

There is no good that will be interred in Der Fuehrer Bush's bones. Theres only evil in him through and through.

All one has to do is look into his eyes to see he has no heart or soul.

God Bless.

Jamie said...


The son is watching Rome. I am rereading I Claudius. Generational difference. :-)

AlanBoss said...

Jamie, My favorite J.C. number. Unfortunately, butchered in this production.

Comedy + said...

Well, Bush and the rest of Washington doesn't listen to the people. Although I wouldn't rate Bush at the top of the heap, I think the worst president in my lifetime was Jimmy Carter.

I really don't think too much of any politician. They are out of touch with the masses. They are living in the big estates, shielded from all of us!

Jamie said...

Jimmy Carter was mainly just a bumbler we some unpleasant effects. As shown by his work since leaving the presidency, he is a basically decent man even if he wasn't a very good president. Bush OTOH is actually doing substantive injury to the country. To my mind he passed "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" at least two years ago.