A few minutes ago I had occasion to quote the poem. I had still remembered much of it, but not every word, and as I looked it up (thank you, internet!) and re-read it, I noticed two lines I’d forgotten but which seemed to be especially apropos for the right these days:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools…
They are followed by these lines, which seem to fit, too:
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools…
The left may have felt that way back in 1980, when Reagan was elected, and then again in 1984, when he was re-elected. They certainly managed to build them up again, didn’t they?
The right faces that situation now. Let’s hope the tools aren’t really all that worn out, or that we come up with some more effective new ones. Fast.