The above clip may seem overly dramatic for today’s post, but I’m picking up vibes from all over.
This is not a usual time. “Dice are rolling. Knives are out.” That was how Peron saw things in Argentina as Andrew Lloyd Weber and his lyricist, Tim Rice, saw it in the amazing musical, “Evita,” which began as a musical album in 1976 and went on to fame and fortune.
In the scene, Peron was about to be thrown out of Argentina. He was contemplating the distinguished picture he’d make as a “leader in exile.” But Evita bucked him up in a witty and dark scene in the play. We’ve picked the Broadway version sung by Patty LuPone.
The musical is extremely accurate, artistically and historically.
That’s how IFO feels about today.
First, The Debates. Everyone in the political class says they’ve never experienced anything like it. They are stunned by Donald Trump’s staying power. They simply can’t understand it. “Dice are rolling. Knives are out.”
The “people” haven’t been programmed yet! How could they support him! “Evita” has a commentary on that in a late, very different reprise of “Dice are rolling.” Peron says, “The ‘people’ can be manipulated!” Evita doesn’t believe him. But it is too late for her.
Other knives on the horizon – two headlines from today’s Wall Street Journal:
Russia Moves Its First Tactical Fighter Jets To Base In Syria – So, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine aren’t enough for them???
Japan Parliament Approves Overseas Military Expansion – Worried about China’s expanding influence in the South China Sea? Or North Korea? Or seeming US weakness?
Oh? You didn’t see that on TV? Or in your local newspaper? Or on the Internet? That’s because there’s a squirrel out there! Trump! The media is fascinated to see the success of a man they just recently viewed as one of their own. An entertainer! A clown!
There’s all kinds of stuff flying under the radar now. Be on the lookout. It’s not that it’s not there. You’ll just have to dig a little bit for it.