As a storyteller, I love a good allegory. And when I recently heard a poem called “The Snake,” well you can just guess who came to mind. I wondered how many American voters were reading this story to their children and grandchildren.
It’s a tale based on Aesop’s Fables and has been told in various forms for over 2500 years. These lyrics were written in 1963 by singer/songwriter and social activist, Oscar Brown Jr.
This is an excerpt from Brown’s version:
On her way to work one morning,
Down the path along side the lake,
A tenderhearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake.
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew.
“Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you.”
“Take me in tender woman.
Take me in, for heaven’s sake.
Take me in, tender woman,” sighed the snake.
She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk,
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk.
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived,
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived.
She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful, ” she cried.
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died.
“She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight.
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite.
“I saved you, ” cried the woman.
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die.”
“Oh shut up, silly woman, ” said the reptile with a grin.
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.”
Juxtapositions: So of course when I read this poignant poem, I thought of the poisonous orange snake with a comb-over conning Americans to take him into the White House. But when I did a bit of research on the poem, I was shocked to see that The Donald himself had been using the poem earlier this year at his rallies! He would recite the poem and then grin and ask the audience, “Right? Does everyone sort of get it?”
OMG! While I immediately envisioned Trump as the venomous snake, I was horrified to learn he was using the allegory to represent terrorism and refugees were the snake! Oscar Brown passed away in 2005, but his family demanded that Trump cease and desist using these lyrics in his rallies. The family said that if Brown were still alive, he would be on the “polar opposite side” of Trump.
Snake oil salesman: So there most certainly IS a deadly viper in this election, conning voters to trust him and saying what they want to hear…which changes with his audience du jour. While many Trump voters are politically and selfishly motivated, there are millions of others who are voting for him out of a blind rage over their diminished lives and see this as a chance to get back at those they see as responsible. These poor misguided Trumpsters and Trumpettes see this damaged man as their savior-in-chief. Some actually compare him to Jesus! What’s up with that? I think there must be a toxic Kool-Aid substance being filtered into the US water supply! The other day, I read that voting for Trump is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders!
Caveat Emptor: Among a litany of other things, Trump thinks Hillary doesn’t have the stamina (aka penis) to be president. But if I were living in the US, I would be running as fast as I can toward the only sane candidate in this race. By the way, you know Mr. Deplorable doesn’t really WANT to be president. He just wants to be able to SAY he is president.
So, my American friends, if by some horrifying twist of fate, President Donald gets to slither into the oval office and bites you in your pathetic regrets – remember, you knew damn well he was a snake, before you took him in.
Right? Does everyone sort of get it? Donald Trump sure doesn’t!
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Loved. Your comment about Mr. T not ‘wanting’ to be president, just wanting to ‘say’ he’s president! Let’s hope the electorate says, “you’re fired!” before it’s too late! The presidency is no job for an apprentice!
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Thanks Brad, it certainly makes for a tale of woe! We’re in the home stretch so time will tell if the American people wake up from this nightmare in time to lock the doors to the White House.
Well said and very appropriate. Although there were so many better candidates out there than Hillary, these are the choices the American people are left with for now. I can’t imagine they will choose the snake. But then again this woman did. It didn’t end well for her. We can only hope that the majority of the American voters are wiser than the snake woman in the fable.
Thanks for your comment Blanche. The interesting thing is that I also think of a snake every time I see and hear his running mate, Mike Pence speak. He’s very slimy, slithery and slippery, and his voice reminds me of the snake called Kaa in Disney’s movie…The Jungle Book! So I guess these snakes stick together!
Great comparison! Totally describes him to a “T”!
Yes, T as in Trump, trickster, tantrum thrower, testy, thin-skinned, two-faced and a two-timer. Also, profoundly egotistical, selfish and self-centred…which all don’t start with a T but I had to throw them in anyway. Thanks Britt Girl.
Great comparison Pat. I cannot believe he is doing so well in the polls! I was hoping he would be trailing Hilary by now and would take his ball and bat and go home! He hates to lose. I don’t think he even cares about being president…he just wants to win! The American people have to decide…do they want the smart crook or the stupid one? I would choose the smart one…it’s time we had a woman leader don’t you think?
Good comment Janice! Thx! Yes, I do think it’s time for a woman leader and I think Hillary has the balls to do it. It’s still a man’s world out there and there are forces at work with the Trumpster to keep her out. But I have to believe there are even greater forces at work to get her in.
When I read your comments about the “Donald” I can only hope he doesn’t get elected. If he does I am certain you will be on his retribution list. Then you will be the subject of his 4:30 am tweets.
I agree his VP looks like and talks like a snake.
Oh dear…that doesn’t sound good! I guess I can look forward to an interview on CNN! Maybe I can plug my books! Or maybe I should write a new children’s book about Trump…”The Curse of the Evil Trumpster!”
I wouldn’t wish him on anyone. Even those foolish enough to support him.
But oh my, what does it say that he is even a threat?
Thanks John, my sentiments exactly! And what does it say about a school system that creates the type of people who support his views and behaviour? Very troubling on so many levels.
Good comparison between the snake and Donald!
How is Bob doing?
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Thanks Mary. I’ll send an email to update on bob.
I wrote about the tale of The Frog and the Scorpion on my blog years ago and it conveys the exact same message as this. It was a post I wrote about clinical narcissism, which is the “undiagnosed personality disorder” that so many mental health professionals believe that Trump suffers from. (Only those with NPD don’t actually “suffer,” but they sure make sure others do!) Interesting to read a different version.
Yes, the theme of The Frog and Scorpion is the same. So perhaps the origins of both are the same…I didn’t dig that deep. You have a very interesting blog and I look forward to visiting again. Thanks for reading mine.
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It seems to me that the CHARACTER of D Trump is evident and well known:
Exhaustive studies have been made of the DEMOGRAPHICS of Trump supporters:
What is not evident and well known is the CHARACTER of the folks who support him. I think that the Matthew MacWilliams study is probably the most useful:
Mr. Trump is a symptom of a political malaise we’ve seen before.
Perhaps readers of your very good parable will THINK ABOUT THE FORCES that elevate snakes like D. Trump to the level of candidacy of the President of the USA.
Best to you!
Thanks for your well thought out and researched response Tom. Recent events of yesterday just might do him in, But then again…a snake can just shed its skin and slither on…and on…
Wish you could vote in the US! I know the entire world (maybe except Russia and N. Korea) is biting its nails about this election. Scary times.
My goodness! What a fiasco this man creates just by running for President. I can’t even imagine the news IF he manages to win. As your neighbour, I hold on the hopes that there are more sane than stupid people in the US. Keep the faith!
You are right, Pat; I get it, and I’ll share this post liberally with others so they get it too. Currently, the snake is shedding its false skin and showing the true colors beneath with his lewdness and predatory sexual assaults. I pray more people will begin to see the type of person they could be electing and begin to understand we can’t have him representing us around the world.
Thanks Auntie…I appreciate your very wise comment. We can only hope the spell will be broken soon. Sometimes I actually feel sick when I watch him. he lives in his own reality.
My nine year old climbed down stairs two nights ago in tears claiming not to able to sleep. It was 10:30pm. I asked what was going on, assuming he had been bullied at school or the girl he liked didn’t like him back. He said “Im scared Donald Trump will win the election, start another world war and I’m afraid of dying.” Wow! I tried to look confident and convinced him that Donald Trump would not win the election, but I must admit, there’s a little part of me that fears the exact same thing.
Thanks for your comment Melanie. That makes me very sad. We can only reassure our children that good will prevail. And if by some sick twist of fate he gets in, there will be enough good souls with the power and influence to control him. Keep the faith.
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