When Will Trump Realize He’s Macbeth? Never, But Americans Will!

By Donald A. Collins | 3 June 2021
Church and State

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Remember the famous Shakespeare play Macbeth in which the returning hero of war murders the king in order to become king and sets forth a series of events that lead him finally to understand what his humongous behavior has bought him when, at the suicide of his only truly close ally, his wife, he says: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, / And then is heard no more. It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.”

Donald J. Trump I imagine will likely never get there. He will never apologize. But in trying to murder our fragile democracy using hate, lying and his inherited wealth to take whatever route to power he could use, this disgraced former president is now faced as Macbeth was with an army of outraged citizens of both parties who are coming to displace him forever from political power and quite possibly put him in jail. Does he even have as Macbeth did any close ally?

Those elected officials who cluster about him in his coming precipitous fall must surely know their racist driven, power seeking fealty can’t survive the morality test to which the majority of Americans will hold them!

Our democracy, despite the darkness of the political present, will survive and as we overcome the racism of 400 years of slavery, America will continue to show the world the vast benefits of our system of law and order even as we understand the heinous flaw of slavery which has always infected many world human populations since their inception!

We in time surprisingly may look back and thank Trump for exposing the worst in us so we could move on to fulfill the best in ourselves!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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