Balneus

Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Dynasty

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-05-02


Little Johnny Rat… Kevin Rat… who’s next?

Crown him? – that; –
And then, I grant, we put a sting in him,
That at his will he may do danger with.
The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins
Remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Rattus,
I have not known when his affections sway’d
More than his reason. But ’tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round.
He then unto the ladder turns his back
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend. So Ratti do.
Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel
Will bear no colour for the thing he is,
Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented,
Would run to these and these extremities:
And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg
Which, hatch’d, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.

The fault, dear voters, is not in our leaders, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

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