Dept. of Alterantive Facts: Lead

lead: (v), to show the way

Senator Capito,

This certainly has been a bizarre year in politics. I am glad that the senatorial election in Alabama is over (hopefully). Given this season of accusations, scandals, and downfall of men who have pursued their lust through their position of power, it is time to balance the leadership at all levels of governance.

I have long been interested in how future leaders develop their skills and confidence through various leadership experience. I hope that you are working with women in West Virginia to step into the public area. We need their perspective in the county, state, and federal levels.

I see some irony in candidate Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” and how this appears to be playing out. Then again, I have seen enough of Shakespeare’s history plays to see how the history, at least in literary form, destroys those who lead mainly for their own benefit.

At a recent production of Henry VI, Part 3 (Blackfriar Theatre in Staunton, VA) I joked with the actress playing the part of Queen Margaret that she did not actually do all the nasty things which Shakespeare put into the play about her (based on historical analysis). She quipped back, “We need to stop letting men write history.”

About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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3 Responses to Dept. of Alterantive Facts: Lead

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    A good quip, for sure, but we must remember all the incredible women who are in many of the Bard’s plays. 😉 Also, yay for Alabama! The results give a person hope.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      1.5% difference of hope… We are still a divided society.

      As to the women in Shakespeare, he certainly created strong characters. Queen Margaret has some great scenes in Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3, but Shakespeare givers her credit/blame for what whole armies did. Nice for dramatic effect, but not historical accuracy (but accuracy does not seem to be of concern to many of the men accused of various indiscretion).

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