THE FLOCKS AND THE CROW, a play on Aesop’s fable THE FOX AND THE CROW

crow, v. To exult, esp. over another’s misfortune; to boast exultantly. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

You have no doubt heard many devotees of Donald Trump defend their support for America’s Crowmmander-In-Chief because “he says what he thinks” — as if such a character trait trumps all else as a Presidential prerequisite. Trust me: by that standard, a few of my in-laws are characters of sufficient grandiosity and shortness of breadth to be Prez. I declare, even Adolph Hitler (had he been born/raised here) might have ridden megalomania and bombastic B.S. to the White House. If drunk with power, no less a windbag than yours truly might rise to the occasion — Lord nose it’snot unthinkable.

My problem, however, is that I’m apt to think and think again before I crow what I think to my flock (otherwise, the by-line on my posts may as well be “by misterspews” instead of “by mistermuse“). Some might call this tendency over-thinking. Some might assert that was President Obama’s hangup. If so, then this guy certainly couldn’t cut it as President:

The Thinker by Rodin

The Thinker by Rodin

Well, then, shouldn’t we be seeking the fabled middle ground between extremes: under-thinking and over-thinking? But that smacks of compromise, and we certainly can’t have that.

What to do, what to do. Surely there must be a way to get ALL of what we want, if we’re foxy enough:

Any questions?

Any doubts?

Any rags?

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10 comments on “THE FLOCKS AND THE CROW, a play on Aesop’s fable THE FOX AND THE CROW

  1. Well, we can’t exactly call the Trumpet a flatterer – but he certainly intends on grabbing as much “cheese” by other means as possible, rags and riches both. Your point, no doubt.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  2. Mél@nie says:

    ah, le penseur de Rodin… I did touch it in Paris where we lived for several years… MERCI, Monsieur Muse! 🙂
    * * *
    pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about Prévert, born on Feb 4th, like ‘mon cher et tendre'(beloved hubby…), just after I edited his famous poem “les enfants qui s’aiment” @ my facebook page: Mélanie Bedos-Nicolas… 🙂

    Les enfants qui s’aiment… – Jacques Prévert

    Les enfants qui s’aiment s’embrassent debout
    Contre les portes de la nuit
    Et les passants qui passent les désignent du doigt
    Mais les enfants qui s’aiment
    Ne sont là pour personne
    Et c’est seulement leur ombre
    Qui tremble dans la nuit
    Excitant la rage des passants
    Leur rage leur mépris leurs rires et leur envie
    Les enfants qui s’aiment ne sont là pour personne
    Ils sont ailleurs bien plus loin que la nuit
    Bien plus haut que le jour
    Dans l’éblouissante clarté de leur premier amour…

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  3. mistermuse says:

    To me, the poem “Children who love each other” reflects in the last line (“In the dazzling clarity of their first love…”) what time inevitably does to young idealism, and we see the world with the sobering clarity of maturity. Until we achieve some semblance of a combination of the best of both worlds, “the substance of things hoped for” will remain more hope than substance, it seems to me.

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    From what I read, Trump only trusts flatterers, Sr. Muse. Anyone with a history of criticizing him is ineligible to serve him. It’s why there are jobs going begging in DC, but I doubt they’ll be offered to you or me.

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  5. mistermuse says:

    In that regard, The Donald has much in common with North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, except that Trump doesn’t ‘eliminate’ those who don’t flatter him — he only insults and bullies them (thus bringing new meaning to the term BULLY PULPIT).

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  6. Over-thinking seemed to have served us well. And things actually got done despite the intense obstructionism. Thanks for the humor, as always. 🙂 Makes the painful crowing a little more tolerable.

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  7. BroadBlogs says:

    He says what he thinks. But what he thinks is whack-o.

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  8. mistermuse says:

    When the Presidency does a complete 360, from CLASS act (Obama) to ASS act (Trump), humor sometimes seems to be about the only light left in the darkness. Unfortunately, the blind remain blind in even the strongest light, and even if humorists were Miracle Workers, Trump is no Helen Keller.

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