Lord of the Presidential Flies
Gene Lalor | January 29, 2013
The followingÂ areÂ not doctored, photo-shopped pictures ofÂ America’s President Barack Hussein Obama beset byÂ common housefliesÂ but actual photos of flying insects that seem oddly attracted to Obama.
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Â Now, of course, flies are virtually everywhere, breeding whenever and wherever they’re inclined to do the deed, spreading diseases, feasting on dogsh*t, garbage, and political droppingsÂ in cities like Washington D.C. and reveling on dung, sweat, and silage in more pristine rural areas.
Â What’s inescapable are the spooky parallels betweenÂ William Golding’s deeply symbolic, post-World War II novelÂ Lord of the Flies and America’s President Barack Hussein Obama, parallels relatingÂ more to theÂ insects than to their lord.
A staple of high school English classes, on the surface,Â Flies is an adventure story involving a group of pre-adolescent British boys marooned on a tropical island while a nuclear war rages back home.Â On the idealized island, devoid of adult supervision and the moral and ethical constraints of civilized society, over a period of weeks the boysÂ devolve into savages, torturers,Â and murderersÂ before they are “rescued”, presumably and ironically to be returned to worse chaos inÂ a world at war.
Golding’s classic has been interpreted on a variety of levels, from depicting a microcosm of the history of civilization, to a religious allegory on the reality of good and evil, toÂ a Freudian examination of the id, the ego, and the superego, toÂ aÂ simple tale of lost innocence.
The 1954 novelÂ may be all of those and more but we’re talking about flies here.
More specifically, we’re referring toÂ those pesky, plague-spreading buggers that seem to bedevil our president wherever he goes and which, just coincidentally,Â relate toÂ the central symbol in Lord of the Flies, the “pig’s head on a stick,” the fly-infested head of a sow killed by the boys which in turn becomes their virtual god and leads to their total disintegration as a civilized society.
SomeÂ critics believeÂ the repulsive, bloodyÂ image of the impaled pig’s head represents none other than Satan himself,Â the embodiment of Beelzebub, Baâ€˜al az-Zubab, literally translated as the “Lord of the Flies.”
Now, far be it from me to even suggest that a good Christian like Barack Hussein Obama could in any way beÂ the devil incarnate despite his reputation as a baby-killer.Â However, the persistent presenceÂ of all those flies could onlyÂ allow forÂ two other reasonable explanations: Either he has been dutifully but carelessly pooper-scooping after First Pet, Bo, does his business orÂ something else about him just lures insects of the order Diptera.
Either way, you would think someone would buy the president of the United States a pair of glovesÂ or at the least aÂ fly swatter unless, that is, squishing them would alienate one of his loyal constituencies, the lunatics at PETA.
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