The reason I bring it up is that I was listening to Lawrence O'Donnell in the car on the way home and he had talking heads on discussing the bold Trump agenda that got him elected. Remember that massive agenda? Build a wall, the Mexicans will pay for it, kill Obamacare, rebuild infrastructure, give the wealthy a big tax cut, a big slough of fat promises.
Promises that at this point, with the worst popularity numbers ever recorded by an American President, frankly don't have a snowball's chance in hell of ever coming to fruition. And most sane people at this point see that the guy inhabiting the oval office is plainly unhinged, if not a sociopathic lunatic, although he is the conservative horse and his base remains largely unaffected and unwilling to dismount.
|Saruman - Hildebrandt Brothers|
To you non Tolkienphiles, Saruman is the head of the Istari, a group of five wizards who come to battle the forces of evil in middle Earth. But Saruman has the power to ensnare in his voice and many are trapped by his promises.
His voice is so powerful that Gandalf himself almost falls under his spell.
Tolkien writes that the Istari's chief temptation (and that to which Saruman fell) is impatience, leading to a desire to force others to do good, and then to a simple desire for power. Because he has the power of charm in his voice that can snare the witless. And he acts like him in many ways. I was reading a British scholar named Tom Shippey's notes on the subject and something he wrote rang true.
Saruman talks like a politician ... No other character in Middle-earth has Saruman's trick of balancing phrases against each other so that incompatibles are resolved, and none comes out with words as empty as 'deploring', 'ultimate', worst of all, 'real'. What is 'real change'?"Real? Fake? Does't it sound surprisingly familiar. I am not going to draw this out but after Saruman's agenda is thwarted he decides to leave a mark by destroying whatever he can in the Shire, the birthplace of his principal antagonists.
|Donald gazes into the palantir of Orthanc|
When Frodo meets Sharkey at the end of Return of the King, in the company of Wormontongue, he offers him a way out of his predicament but Saruman says that he will get more satisfaction out of seeing the hobbits pain at witnessing the destruction he has caused in the Shire.
And I think that is pretty close to what we have going on in Washington today with our President. His pride is excessive, his wrath is white hot, his anger palpable and in the end he only wishes to smite those that would thwart him and destroy all that is good. Donald, your staff is broken.