The RANT #3: ‘Summer of Malcontent’. With Apologies to William S.


Now is the summer of our malcontents

Made gloriously farcical by the stunts of Phoney Tony;

And all the clouds that beamed upon our house

In the deep bosom of despair are buried.

Now are our brows furrowed by deepening despair;

Our bruised ears sullied by vitriolic rhetoric;

Our optimism drowned by unnecessary anger,

Our confidence fractured by doubt and uncertainty.

Grim visages stand upon the podiums of affected rage;

And instead of calm and rational argument,

The rants of would be leaders pierce the air.

Phoney Tony, Schlocky Hockey, Hatter Katter and Jabbering Joyce.

Throw their angst to a welcoming and vociferous crowd,

Underpinned by the spurious vitriol of an Alan Jones.

What are these malcontents but the fringe of our society;

Driven by their own paranoid views of reality,

Fed by those who would foster anarchy for their own purpose.

Do they represent the makings of an Oz Tea Party,

Far right nongs of shallow disposition,

who only visualise simplistic solutions to complexity?

Is this democracy at its most venal,

Sullied by those who seek power by any means,

Who will use dissemination, diatribe and dishonesty

To achieve their own nefarious ends?

I, in this time of anger and uncertainty,

Am saddened by such dissemblance,

That logic and rational debate have been traduced.

That freedom of speech can be used by the dishonest

to bastardise and make mockery of democracy.

Is it futile to hold out hope

that rationale and measured argument will ultimately prevail,

and overcome such anarchic dissonance?

Why in such times of global uncertainty,

When bipartisanship and co-operation should prevail,

Do we set our people in hate one against the other?

Dive these depressive thoughts, down to my soul: here

Thomas comes,

What novel foetid ordure does he bring

to further corrupt a suffering government?

With apologies to William Shakespeare and his ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’.

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Australian born and bred who has spent most of his working life in R&D and IP management with earlier forays in the newspaper industry and martial arts. Fortunate enough to be living in one of the best countries in the World, even though I might get grumpy with it from time to time.
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