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The Presidents New Brains, a little word fun that is depressingly true...

Resident nut here. Just wanted to share something that is what I term "painfully funny". After yet another instance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, volume IXX, Trump was blaming Google for his crappy ratings. He doesn't get it; thinking people just don't like him. It's not that complex or hard to figure out. In fact I think Occams Razor was made for this case.

The analogy seemed apt until I considered The Emperor Has New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. The plot is summarized on Wikipedia as such:

A vain emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires weavers who promise him they will make him the best suit of clothes. The weavers are con-men who convince the emperor they are using a fine fabric invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The con lies in that the weavers are actually only pretending to manufacture the clothes; they are making make-believe clothes which they mime. Thus, no one, not even the emperor nor his ministers can see the alleged "clothes", but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions, and the emperor does the same. Finally, the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him, and the emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all, and the cry is taken up by others. The emperor realizes the assertion is true but continues the procession.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor%27s_New_Clothes

As with all tales of old, this one shows the signs of age and therefore it might be easy to discount it as irrelevant. However if you do a search and update a few terms for our modern times (like "emperor" for "President", "weavers" for "Republicans", etc) it suddenly takes on a whole new relevancy:

The Presidents New Brains

  A vain President who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying brains hires Republicans who promise him they will make him the best suit of brains. The Republicans are con-men who convince the President they are using a fine bullshit invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The con lies in that the Republicans are actually only pretending to manufacture the brains; they are making make-believe brains which they mime. Thus, no one, not even the President nor his ministers can see the alleged "brains", but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions, and the President does the same. Finally, the Republicans report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him, and the President marches in procession before his cabinet. The congress-critters uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the President has no brains at all, and the cry is taken up by others. The President realizes the assertion is true but continues the procession.
Heh. Nuff said.

Jeff

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