Lord Trumpismo, Pace ‘Ozymandias’


I met a blowhard from an unhinged land,

A nasty, blustery, mendacious clown,

Who egged on malice, packing every stand

With gaping suckers, arms aloft. His frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command

Inflame his visage, hair bizarrely red.

His infantile slams, incoherent strings,

Deride elected stupids, till now well fed.

Behold the boastful, fascistic prayer:

‘My name is Lord Trumpismo, king of kings:

Look on my riches, ye Mighty, and despair!

I, alone, save all from doom and decay.”

Thus this colossal demagogue lays bare

How reason and wisdom are cast away.


Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:

‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”


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For over a decade, Robert S. Becker's independent, rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, history, implications, messaging and frameworks. He has been published widely, aside from Nation of Change and RSN, with extensive credits from OpEdNews (as senior editor), Alternet, Salon, Truthdig, Smirking Chimp, Dandelion Salad, Beyond Chron, and the SF Chronicle. Educated at Rutgers College, N.J. (B.A. English) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D. English), Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, then U. Chicago) for business, founding SOTA Industries, a top American high end audio company he ran from '80 to '92. From '92-02, he was an anti-gravel mining activist while doing marketing, business and writing consulting. Since then, he seeks out insight, even wit in the shadows, without ideology or righteousness across the current mayhem of American politics.