Friday, March 13, 2009

Through the Looking Glass, and What Obama Found There

Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, sprang into my head this morning acting as an inspiration for my perspective of the world today.

For those not familiar with Through the Looking Glass, it is a bizarre sequel to Alice's adventures in the Rabbit Hole - where she experiences life on the other side of a mirror... it is a nonsense story, and it all begins on November 4th...

This is where our parallel begins today... On November 4th, Americans (and the world) entered into a nonsensical sequel to Bill Clinton's presidency - where many of the same characters returned, but their roles and stories are much more bizarre than the last time we met them.

Obama is a pawn of the White Queen... and will be seated in a throne if he can reach the 8th rank in the Red King's territory... He begins his journey, but finds that he is unfamiliar with the rules of the game, and does not understand the complexity contained within the simplicity of his role...

He has begun reading his 100 day plan - only to the rest of the country it is the Jabberwocky... a nonsense poem, only able to be read if held backward to a mirror - full of nonsense words and an imaginary story of slaying an imaginary beast... Obama's understanding of what he is doing to the fabric of this nation is similar to Alice's understand of the Jabberwocky Poem:
"Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas – only I don't exactly know what they are!"
His nonsensical advisers, Tweedledee and Tweedledum - let's call them Emanuel and Geitner, whisper nursery rhymes into his ear - namely The Walrus and the Carpenter - which tells a story of two characters who invite all the oysters of the beach to join them - and against the warning of the elder oysters, they all flock to the Walrus and the Carpenter, who eat every one of them... The Walrus cries for what he has done, not because the Oysters are dead, but because there are no more to eat... This is the story of the economy - and the taxpayers of the nation are the oysters... Obama and his cabinet are the Two Predatory Characters... their intent is to devour the taxpayers - and they are unable to see the err in their ways, and will surely cry when they realize there is nothing left to tax... nothing left for their government to devour.

Then, Obama is met by The Lion and the Unicorn - Two parties both fighting for the crown of the White King - which is nonsensical because they are both belong to the White King, America. The lion is slow and stupid, though clearly the better fighter... the Unicorn is convinced that Obama is a monster, and pledges to believe in him only if Obama believes in the Unicorn... The lion is the GOP, the Unicorn is the Democratic Party - they both belong to a nation of states, but in an attempt to destroy the Lion, the Unicorn has pledged to start believing in the "monster"...
The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn all around the town.
Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town

Obama's quest for a throne is taking this nation on a nonsensical journey, into a new paradigm where nonsense is the norm... where submission is empowerment... where a step forward off the cliff's edge is considered progress.

It is an unfortunate reality that, as Alice was able to wake up back into her real world, Obama has locked America into the world of the Looking Glass.

Obama's journey into the Looking Glass has distorted the ideals of Liberty... he is a pawn of the system, but is trying for the throne... we are all Oysters showing up for a clam bake...

What Obama has found on the other side of the looking glass, he prefers - and we are all stuck in this nonsensical world with him because of it.

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