Stevieslaw: Notes from the Underground (a.k.a. The Rabbit Hole)
We owe much to Lewis Carroll. Thanks to his “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and “Through the Looking-glass, we all pretty much know where we are when we wake up and realize that Trump is our president. Carroll even wrote the best description I ever read of Mitt Romney—although he never met the man,” in his poem, Antigonish:
Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn’t there,
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…
Now, I fear we must once again turn to Mr. Carroll to help explain the Jabberwocky that Trump spouts, his minions repeat and the Media reports in what might as well be fact. Todd Gillman, reporting in the Dallas Morning News, describes Trumps appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Trump is quoted as saying, “I’m not against the media, I’m not against the press…I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources…”
Of course, Trump being Trump, he went on to say, “This place is packed. There are lines that go back six blocks and I tell you that because you won’t read about it.”
Of course you won’t read about it, said Mr. Gillman, because it isn’t true. There were no lines.
By now, however, the story has been repeated so often that at least half the country believes it is true. Let me reintroduce you to a little more Lewis Carroll, who explains Trump’s strategy in his poem “The Hunting of the Snark,” as:
“Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
“Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true.”