Saturday, August 25, 2012
Most Eager for Fame
The fictional warrior Beowulf was "lof-geornost," most eager for fame. He put the safety and very existence of his people in jeopardy when he fought, and lost, his last battle.
But the similarity ends there.
Beowulf earned his fame as a highly successful warrior in his youth. He rid the Danes of the evil monster Grendel and Grendel's mother; won competitions of strength and bravery.
He did everything a young warrior must do. He "grew" his (well-deserved) fame, his brand. He demonstrated his loyalty to the kings he served.
Everything Beowulf did as a warrior, even his quest for fame, served the needs of his people. He earned the right to be the King of the Geats. And a good king he was for fifty years.
Romney has no such background of service for the good of his country. He grew his fortune - for himself.
Romney's fame is an inconsistent brand. He serves whatever master will guarantee him the presidency. He is for no exceptions for abortion; he is against no exceptions for abortion. He seems not to grasp the seriousness of his frivolous quest to please whoever's asking the question.
Beowulf badly messed up when he let his greed for glory overrule the right thing to do for the good of his people. But he had been the foundation, the friend, the ring-giver, the companion and protector of his people for fifty years.
In Beowulf's world, a good leader would "dispense /his God-given goods to young and old- / but not the common land... (Heaney 71-3).
Romney would hang onto as much of his God-given goods as possible; would do what it takes in legislation to move as much common property to himself and the rest of the one percent as possible.
America is in jeopardy. Romney has aligned himself with the forces of greed, religious zealotry, superstition, and oppression in order to become president. He has no plan for the good of his country, no plan to be the friend to his people.
Beowulf was "the kindest to his men, the most courteous man, / the best to his people, and most eager for fame ( Chickering 3181-2).
Romney is simply "lof-geornost," eager for fame.