I watched the Inaugural Address of our newly-minted President on the evening of January 20, after taking care of all my more necessary business of the day, and I was flabbergasted.
After a little political experiment I conducted downtown in my small city during the time President Donald J. Trump was being sworn in as President of the United States, I came home and watched the occasion.
Trump actually used a SIMILE. "Rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones," he said in the course of the address.
I wonder who advised him to use that? He is incapable of it himself, as a pathologically unreflective man with no cultural or historical education. He has specifically declared that he never reads books.
"We are looking only to the future," he said.
"A new vision-- America first! America first!" Oh, yeah, that's so new and great.
Vision? This is a man who lies about the heights of his buildings. As I shook my head at this speech, the following Shakespearean sonnet, which I wrote during the summer of last year's persidential campaign, came to mind:
He could not say, could not compose these words.
They would not sit beside each other so,
Like pickets in a fence, or like small birds
Upon a wire, in his small mind. Oh no,
No so conflicted and confused soul could,
Not for a thousand billion dollars, write
The contradiction between his "I should,"
And his "I will." He'd never get it right.