‘Julius Caesar’ isn’t the play for you


It seems our friends on the far left are looking to bring some real multiculturalism into the country. From what I can tell, they’d like to engineer a procedural coup d’état and perhaps replace the executive branch with a junta.

So, then you would have all foreign ways of governing/ruling, with none of this awful American stuff.

All they need to make this scenario really get rolling is to get rid of that darn Trump character.

It seems the way they imagine doing that is to have never-ending investigations about ... well, frankly 90 percent of the population can’t even explain exactly what they’re investigating and that percentage includes people calling for the investigations.

It’s apparently enough just to keep investigating, so the waters stay murky.

I’ve gleaned this information by watching my favorite reality television channel, MSNBC — the Network of Broken Toys — which in small doses is really entertaining. But too much makes you feel you’re watching a telethon and have the urge to send money for a cure.

The far leftists do seem to want to seize power in some way, preferably other than through an election, since they are now 0-for-5 in special congressional election victories since the president has taken office.

Instead, they have managed to field a small Special Forces unit assembled by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who has managed to put together a team of lawyers that seem to have more conflicts of interest than a fox investigating a henhouse security system.

Most of the folks hired by Mueller to fairly search out the truth of various accusations have been consistent Democratic Party donors and in one case, represented The Clinton Foundation.

I recognize it is not easy to find a non-Democrat lawyer in the Washington, D.C. area—– including government employees, who after eight years of hiring by Obama appointees don’t seem nearly as apolitical as we might hope.

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, “In last year’s presidential election, about 200 employees of U.S. attorney’s offices around the country combined to give about $32,000 in federal races, according to a review of all donations of $250 or more. Hillary Clinton got almost all of that money — more than $30,000 … President Trump didn’t get any money from federal prosecutors.”

Therefore, with all this talk of removing someone from power and conspiracies and counter conspiracies we bring ourselves to the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of the play “Julius Caesar.”

The performance has received a significant amount of criticism from conservatives because the character of Gaius Julius Caesar (spoiler alert) who is brutally stabbed to death during the play, is clearly meant to be a simulation of President Trump

The liberal audience in the city seems to enjoy that part of the play as, I suppose, some sort of way of blowing off steam. But what I find especially interesting is that they forget what the play is about and certainly how it ends up theatrically and historically.

The conspirators who kill Caesar are not seen as particularly sympathetic and, for most part, are jealous of Caesar, but like to pretend that a defense of the Republic was their motive for action.

The Roman Republic however, during this period was in horrible shape — so riddled with corruption on the part of senators and others that Caesar managed to enter the city with about half a legion welcomed by the populace.

The real conspirators by the time of the play had fought a battle against Caesar and his forces over the issue of governance and lost — but were forgiven by him and allowed to retain their positions.

They rewarded him with some over enthusiastic tailoring.

Caesar is not the villain in the piece and the conspirators end up dead, mostly by their own hand.

In the end, the citizens of Rome didn’t much care for the conspirators removing a populist leader. As Willie Shakespeare put it: “And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge…Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice-Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth…”

So, if you’re someone who wants to see Trump removed by some crafty method other than election — this isn’t the play for you.

Rick Wagner is a Grand Junction attorney who maintains a political blog, The War on Wrong. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Thank you Mr. Wagner for telling others what it is they should see and not see, as well as what they should read and not read.  Could it perhaps be that Mr. Wagner has been taught to believe what he has been told to believe (whether in a play or in a book)and thereby assumes that everyone else does as well?  Sorry, Mr. Wagner, but some of us, don’t blindly believe as far too many do. What we do is study those pieces to learn the lessons they would teach and, in classics, there is very frequently much to learn (and also quite frequently, either correct, unlearn or revise.  That, Mr. Wagner, requires much more time and effort than most are willing to put forth and doing what they are told to do and believe what they are told to believe is so much easier.

Mr. Wagner is an attorney and I am quite certain that he has learned to heed the warning that “An attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client”.  Most attorney’s will heed that advice and engage another attorney to represent them should they need legal services.  They are fortunate in having that available to them.

However, there are several areas where this is not available.  Those are as a human being and as a citizen for there, each one is on his/her own, and therefore must exercise extreme caution, and take great care that one’s “personal interests” do not cloud one’s judgement.

The only way one can do that as a human being is to keep reminding oneself that a human being is all one is, and keep it foremost in their mind.  The only way one can prevent personal interests to override common interests as a citizen, is to keep in mind that one is responsible for all citizens and what happens to them.  What has become quite evident is that many either do not recognize that, or are simply unable to do it, thus allowing their personal interests to override everything else.  To put it another way “I, and what I want, is more important than anything else, no matter what is the cost to anyone else.”

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