Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Hamlet (1.4), Marcellus to Horatio This line spoken by Marcellus (and not Hamlet as is commonly believed) is one of the most recognizable lines in all of Shakespeare’s works. Despite its fame, this line is left out of some productions of the play.
The quote in context
Shortly before midnight, Hamlet meets Horatio on the battlements of the castle. They wait together in the darkness. From below they hear the sound of the men in the castle laughing and dancing riotously; the King draining his “draughts of Rhenish down” (10). Hamlet explains to Horatio his dislike of such behaviour. To Hamlet, drinking to excess has ruined the whole nation, which is known abroad as a land full of drunken swine.
Horatio spots the Ghost of Hamlet’s father approaching. Hamlet calls out to the Ghost and it beckons Hamlet to leave with it. Despite the pleadings of Horatio and Marcellus, who are afraid that the apparition might be an evil entity in disguise, Hamlet agrees to follow the Ghost and the two figures disappear into the dark.
Marcellus, shaken by the many recent disturbing events and no doubt angered (as is Hamlet) by Claudius’s mismanagement of the body politic, astutely notes that Denmark is festering with moral and political corruption. Horatio replies “Heaven will direct it” (91), meaning heaven will guide the state of Denmark to health and stability.
I am no legal scholar; I lack the training and skills to parse all the letters, statements, memorandum and emails in the several scandals that surround Hillary Clinton. But like Marcellus, I know when something is rotten, and this Clinton business stinks to high, high heaven.
And the thing that stinks most of all about it is the people that are going to bear the stains of this corruption are not the Clinton’s. Start with James Comey. There is no way he comes out of this looking good – able to hold his head high about a job well done. I don’t know his motivations or his character; therefore, I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. But at this juncture he is so balled up in this mess that he is simply covered in it. And for what? Liberal ideas? To elect the first female president? I don’t think so, given my inclinations, I think he is simply trying to do his job to the best of his ability, but the Clinton’s have manipulated the press and circumstances to the point where any action or inaction on his part, and the FBI generally, stains him and the Bureau.
And I am quite certain that Comey is simply the most public of individuals that the Clinton’s have put into such a Gordian knot. What is happening to Comey is pretty much the same thing that happened to Monica Lewinsky if you think about it How many times during that mess did we hear about what a &^%^ she was, or some other unmentionable. Whatever way she turned she was in trouble. If I am Huma Abedin I am lawyering and PRing up faster than a top fuel dragster gets down the track. This is a pattern with the Clinton’s and we have seen it over and over and over again.
If only Clinton corruption ended with the Clinton’s. But no, so narcissistic are the Clinton’s that they are willing to sacrifice the reputation and well-being of anyone and anything that stands in their way. At some point this all ceases to be scandalous and becomes monstrous, even evil.
Tomorrow, the nation stands at a crossroads. We are in a Gordian knot. The Clinton’s have put us here.
I have been in such a situation professionally. I had to choose between participating in corruption or losing pretty much everything. It really wasn’t much of a choice. It took several years to get my professional life back into order – many lean and difficult years. That’s what confronts the nation tomorrow.
We can choose obvious, even if the details remain mysterious, corruption or we can choose very lean and difficult times. There is no good or easy way through it. This is no normal election, this is a test of the nation’s character.
I do not regret the decisions I made when I was confronted with my personal trial. The hard times were very hard, but God has blessed me in their aftermath – richly and fully.
That’s the choice America – chose wisely.