The Bellman Is Ringing


There is a curious incident in American literature, an incident that leaves many literate children snickering at an absurd situation. I am writing of the Bellman’s bizarre odyssey, in Lewis Carroll’s, “The Hunting Of The Snark”; however, this short epic poem of adventure and tragedy could be set in modern times, for it is eerily similar to our present situation. Yes, when we consider the absurdity of selling guns to drug cartels, and after hundreds of people are killed with those same weapons, proclaiming the need for tighter gun control, and giving a failed auto company to its union, with a cash infusion greater than our foreign graft (aid) and after liquidating all Republican dealerships, then proclaiming the still failing auto company a success, and stating out loud the need for doing the same thing to all American businesses during a campaign, the nonsensical verse of the “The Hunting Of The Snark” begins to seem logical.

The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies —
 Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!
Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise,
 The moment one looked in his face!

He had bought a large map representing the sea,
 Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
 A map they could all understand.

“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
 Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
 “They are merely conventional signs!

“Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
 But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought us the best —
 A perfect and absolute blank!”

This was charming, no doubt; but they shortly found out
 That the Captain they trusted so well
Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,
 And that was to tingle his bell.

He was thoughtful and grave — but the orders he gave
 Were enough to bewilder a crew.
When he cried “Steer to starboard, but keep her head larboard!”
 What on earth was the helmsman to do?

Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes:
 A thing, as the Bellman remarked,
That frequently happens in tropical climes,
 When a vessel is, so to speak, “snarked.”

But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,
 And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,
Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,
 That the ship would not travel due West!

Lewis Carroll, The Hunting Of The Snark, 1876

The idea of a blank map is ambiguous and preposterous, for who would be so foolish; the concept is one for children and their imaginations. However the poem is not suitable for children. It is a bewildering story of strange men hunting a mythological beast and leaves the reader in a bewildering void.

We can only marvel at the imagination of a child, so fertile and willing to accept the implausible: how easy it is to betray the trust of a child and tell them the most outrageous falsehoods. It is easy because the trusting mind of a child will work to find a method to rationalize an outrageous story and bring it into the concept of a child’s reality.

In this engaging and tragic nonsense poem, there is an inadequacy of language, but the author relies on symbolism. The blank map is the beginning of a nightmare for any man of the sea and the Bellman’s contradictory navigational and sailing orders are all the more confusing to a sailor. The use of foreign languages is bewildering, but the most bizarre episode has the Banker offering to protect the Beaver from the menacing Butcher, who specializes in butchering beaver, by insuring the beaver against fire and hail. The Court Officer is unwilling to fulfill their lawful obligations. The Banker attempts to bribe the predatory beast with money and suddenly disappears.

It does not take a vibrant imagination to draw parallels to our own government and our relationship to our enemies. If we substitute Radical Islam for the beast and our nonsensical State Department for the lunacy of following a blank map, and our Attorney General for the Court Officer, the poem becomes a Nineteenth Century preview of the last four years. No, it is not a children’s tale, but it is the persona of the Bellman that is the most revealing, for he continues to ring his bell and leading those who still follow blindly and continue to believe in the fantasy.

Adults normally lose this rich imagination during adolescence and consider those who fall for orchestrated frauds to be naive pathetic individuals without the ability to function in modern society. but within the simplicity of this first impression is the stark reality of what may have been the greatest hoax in all of history.

In 2008, Americans were asked to make a faith based decision and vote for a blank sheet of paper; a one term Senator from Illinois, the most violent and corrupt state in the nation, who was being promoted as not only the most intelligent man to ever run for the presidency, but a man of the people who would work bring about “Hope and Change” and “Wealth Redistribution”.

Some of us said, “No, no, no, these are Marxist slogans of the 19th Century, but America’s imagination was enthralled by the blank map; after all, he was half-Black and definitely not from the establishment of either party. He was new, he was exciting, he was half-Black; “He was a gift from God” according to the moron from San Francisco. With such vaunted intellect and leadership abilities, it is logical, nay it is imperative to have a blank map. If more astute citizens fail to see the logic, it is because of inherent racism and minds that are unwilling to let go of the past and embrace a modern enlightened era.

After four years of continuous propaganda by the president’s own dedicated news services, and three and a half years of failure, greed, incompetence, arrogance, Narcissism, corruption and the piling on of ruinous debt, Americans are beginning to doubt the wisdom of falling for the “Blank Map” candidate, in the president’s desperate calls for reelection, he no longer dares to mention his superior intellect or his unparalleled leadership abilities, those lies are no longer palatable for a citizenry that has taken the largest share of the brunt trauma of his incompetency and corruption, for they have watched their estates and net worth dwindle down until they are mere shadows of their former value.

So who still marches while singing the praises of the “Blank Map” candidate?

It is those who are hopelessly delusional, and those who have nothing and hope to see a redistribution of wealth, and our dedicated Marxists, groups who have no interest in a healthy strong America; nay, their dream of America is to acquire wealth from others and to destroy America’s sovereignty, to bring America under the control of a group like the UN. With myopic predictability, they seek immediate short term gratification, with no thought of the long term inevitable destruction of the once greatest economy in the world. They contend, even though their program has failed in every application, this time they will get it right. Thus by employing the same creative energies of a child’s imagination, the Useful Idiots can still see the advantages of Obama’s Socialism through the haze of his lies.

For them, the “Blank Map” candidate was the only option, but now that we have increased our entitlement classes and the derelict and indigent classes can sense how close the dream of acquiring the wealth of others, they are like a pack of wolves closing in on a wounded animal.

They must rally their forces for the wounded animal is fighting back, and if the blank map Bellman is defeated and we have a capable and honest man in the White House, it is unlikely America will ever be in this economically compromised and vulnerable position in the future.

They must rally their forces around the Bellman’s ringing, lest too many see the madness and evil of relying on the blank map.

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As usual, a very good comparison making the point we all should have seen. I am discusted with this administration and the people who elected them. You are right Skook. I have seen these wolves wanting the wealth of others.

Looking at the people that voted for and still support this administration leads me to one conclusion.
The United States needs an enema.

0bama is desperately courting the Hispanic vote. He believes it is the key to his reelection. So why is it that when Republicans talk about the deaths caused by Fast & Furious, they only seem to mention the two border patrol agents?

There are hundreds of dead Mexicans because of 0bama and Holder. This is an issue ripe for Republicans to easily separate 0bama from his most prized constituency. And yet Republicans seem to be completely blind to it.

@Manuel: You have never seen me ignore any one in my posts. I always address the Mexicans. It is the Democrats who initiated the fast and furious operation knowing there would be Mexicans killed. There is a difference in talking about something and actually knowing they will be killed.You would never see a Republican runing an operation like that. Yet, Obama has such a high percentage of the Hispanic vote.Now tell me who has their priorities skewed.

I am not saying you have. I’m talking about the politicians and the talking heads on cable news. I bring it up because I was reminded of it by the passing (though unspecific) reference to the hundreds of deaths in this piece.

I just wish much more of an issue was made of the fact that 0bama knowingly and purposefully saw Hispanics as acceptible collateral damage in Fast & Furious. This simple fact could destroy any hope of his reelection and bury him for good. Which would please all of us greatly.

@Manuel: Manuel, I am not sure why many minorities snuggle up to the left other than the freebies they get. They do not understand the actual cost to them for those freebies. Clinton policies killied as many as a million people in Africa. They were black and not voters, so it likely didn’t matter. The several hundred Mexicanlaw enforcement officials likely were considered only a means to an end. They believe that the end justifies the means.

Manuel, I have been working and unable to respond to your commentary until now.

I have relatives on the other side of both our borders, and I have traveled through Mexico more than any other person I have ever met. I understand the campesino of Mexico and find them to be some of the most genuine people in the world.

I understand your comment about wondering why no one cares to drive home the point of how many Mexican nationals have been killed by the weapons provided by Holder and indirectly if not directly by Obama; in fact the disinterest shown by our media and our Republicans sickens me. We can hardly expect to hear a peep from the sanctimonious Democrats unless a Republican was responsible for the hundreds of murders. They lie from deep within the heart, so there is no hope for them and their dramatic outrage.

We will also hear nothing of the murders fro our corrupt UN, a group who carries water for any Socialist tyrant who has a vendetta against the US.

I write of my outrage, but I am but one voice screaming in a typhoon. You express yourself like a literate person; may I suggest submitting your feelings in a post to Curt. Writing from the heart means much more to the reader than grammatically correct prose. If you submit an article, I promise I will follow up with another article.

Remember, one of the agents was a Hispanic named Zapata; he was killed in Mexico.

I have already written a graphic article about the killings with a photo link that is repulsive. We are a small voice in the wilderness of the cyber universe, but I believe we can make a slight difference; otherwise we wouldn’t cause such consternation among our resident trolls. You have the invitation and the opportunity; will you pick up the ball and run with it?

This is one beautiful piece!!!

And BO to a T:
“This was charming, no doubt; but they shortly found out
 That the Captain they trusted so well
Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,
 And that was to tingle his bell.”

Blank slate Obama is one thing….his blank stare voters are quite another…If he doesn’t lose by 20% points, there is a chance this mentality has taken perment hold on the electorate…

HPD, we can get rid of a failed president (hopefully), but dealing with an unaware voting public is another matter. Our teachers’ unions will tell us, we need to pour hundreds of millions into education to pad their salaries and retirements with no measurable improvements with test scores. They have one of the best scams in the world, they hold us for ransom and produce nothing.

Ideas would be appreciated. Great picture, makes a young man feel younger! LOL