Hang with me on this…. for years I’ve used the term kabuki theater in reference to government and politics in general, and US political machinations specifically.
It pops up frequently among TV’s talking heads but only in a superficial sense by idiots like the recently-fired Keith Olberman and Chris Mathews who jump on the bandwagon of new buzz-words like “gravitas” and pronouncing Taliban as tolley bahn to prove their superior intellect.
Justice Potter Stewart once said he couldn’t define obscenity, ”but I know it when I see it”.
I feel the same about using “kabuki” in reference to politics and especially this government.
Early this morning, for the first time in decades I re-read the early history of kabuki theater and it’s even more spot on when used to describe the Obama regime’s conduct than when applied to any other in our history.
- Kabuki is performed at a special theatre and the displays are usually overwhelming in their use of colour, makeup and stylized movements.
- The revolving stage and trapdoors mean that impressive entrances and exits occur throughout the performance
I find the parallel apt as well in that kabuki is spoken and sung in 'old Japanese'… yet even the Japanese themselves find it difficult to understand; performances last a number of hours.
----“We will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
----News Item: “Yet hours before he uttered that line, the Boston Globe reported that Harvard Pilgrim Health Care was canceling its Medicare Advantage coverage specifically because of new regulations imposed by Obama's health care law.”
----“We've got shovel-ready projects all across the country that governors and mayors are pleading to fund. And the minute we can get those investments to the state level, jobs are going to be created.”
----Mr. Obama is acknowledging that, despite his campaign promises, "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects."
Yes, Obama stars in this long-running performance, but his supporting cast is the real power behind the throne; anybody can hire an actor to play the lead, but without the façade, the masks, the stylistic portrayal of a false reality inducing a willing suspension of disbelief in the electorate, the show will open and close on the same night.
The lead actor is only that; he just needs to show up on time, lines learned (more or less—I am reminded of our 57 states), and hit his marks.
In other words this Progressive Kabuki has been gaining strength since the early 1900s; T.R., Wilson, F.D.R., Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and a few other lesser democrat lights had the lead, but the script never changes substantially… it just goes to rewrite.
The word kabuki is made of three characters:
- “ka” meaning “songs”, 'bu' meaning “dance” and 'ki' meaning “skill”.
...Skill at singing (and writing) songs and dancing, if you will.
The Marxist radicals are very skilled in its performance…. they have been known to play communist songs for audiences of smiling leaders of democratic societies and receive standing Os.
Very early in the first act we have seen union thugs like SEIU’s Andy Stern masquerading as a member of Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; Stern’s lines include…. “America needs an economic plan that does not include worshipping the free market.”
Pretty fair legerdemain, I’d say… a committed Marxist placed in the center of power in the United States.
But perhaps it’s not as good as armed Black Panthers with walk-ons as “Democrat poll watchers”.
And if your lib sis-in-law has trouble grasping that in her pea-brain… have her read this, breaking now:
“Prominent current and former members of SEIU local 73 are being investigated for their potential ties to the Hamas and FARC terrorist groups.'’
The Chief Steward of SEIU 73, and a former board member of SEIU 73 are among nine unionists in the investigation. Two days ago, they refused again to appear in front of the grand jury.
These SEIU functionaries also belong to a violently radical group called the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. From their website: The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is a revolutionary socialist and Marxist-Leninist organization in the United States.
Then there are Wall Street fat cats playing the roles of public servants:
Far left wingers like Elena Kagan are cast as Supreme Court Justices despite no previous similar roles of any kind.
Mr. Kagan is shown……….. left, in a small role during the second act of “Clinton---An Intern Sings.”
The list of other kabuki actors, singers and writers is far more than those in “Gandhi” and “Gone With the Wind” combined, you get the idea…
And in parting today, I’ll note that original kabuki players were all women who danced onstage and apparently performed other services offstage.
As the 17th century progressed, women were no longer permitted to perform because it was thought that they were having a corrupting effect of the spectators.
Young attractive boys began to play both male and female roles and caused as much havoc as the women had, so kabuki was actually banned for a time in the mid 1600s.
…. so read and watch to your heart’s content; in this performance there’s no surprise ending, at least for those who have been watching closely since early rehearsals.