The Oval Office, right now, is an unfriendly Comey weather for truth,” says the former CIA boss man General Michael V Hayden in a phone interview from Washington DC,
handiest two days after the astonishing sacking of James Comey, the director of the FBI.
Like many senior US officials, beyond and present, Hayden is taken aback, dismayed and involved via President Donald Trump’s summary dismissal of the man investigating Russia’s intrusion into the presidential election; not like most, he is talking out.
Portrayal of War and Women in Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man
George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man is a drama revolving around the War between the Serbians and the Bulgarians. The story depicts Bluntschili, a mercenary for the Serbians being rescued by Raina the protagonist. Raina belonging to the prominent Petkoff family is also in love with Captain Sergius who is able to secure a massive victory for the Serbians at Silivinitza. The rest of the play takes place in the home of the Petkoff family. Bluntschili returns to the home and returns a coat belonging to Raina’s father. In it was Raina’s portrait and a written inscription: ‘To my Chocolate Cream Soldier’. When Raina’s father demanded the coat, she was able to artfully dodge and remove the inscription.
War is portrayed as a semi-comic antic by Shaw. Both the comic side and the tragic side of the war are depicted with an authentic tinge. Raina’s room is invaded by Blutnschili the Serbian mercenary. He is covered with mud and blood and is escaping the Bulgarians. Raina takes pity on him and protects him even though she is a Bulgarian. When the Bulgarian soldiers enter her room she brilliantly hides him behind the curtain. Raina becomes a pacifist.
As a mercenary soldier, Bluntschili is portrayed comically. His revolver does not have bullets and like a small school kid, he carries chocolates with him. When Raina hands him chocolate to eat, he goes to the extent of emptying the carton by scrubbing it with his hands and finishing up everything. Raina becomes affectionate towards him and labels him as: ‘My Chocolate Cream soldier’. Bluntschili is a child archetype who is least concerned about the seriousness of war. When his life is in danger, he takes protection in Raina’s room. Through Bluntschili we come to understand that war is a tragic comedy, an anathema, a volcano that injures people’s mind and bodies. Bluntschili is least bothered about whose side wins the war. He is not courageous enough to fight back and tries to save his own skin. Through Raina, we come to understand that even in battle enemies can be become friends, a quality that it is basic human instinct to be existentially kind to the other. Raina is the prophet of nonviolence even though her romantic inclinations converge with men being in the war and being intrepid, daring and courageous.
Sergius the would-be husband of Raina is characterized as a brave soldier. He by overruling the orders of his superiors makes the bold cavalry charge and wins the battle for the Bulgarians at Silivinitza. Sergius is portrayed as a man with warlike qualities. Raina and Catherine her mother rejoice at the Bulgarian victory and they feel proud that would be son-in-law and husband are successful at thwarting enemies. The serious aspect of war is given a room for thought through this character.
The two contrasting personality types engaged in war shows ambivalence in Shaw’s depiction. People by their very nature are peaceful and war is satirized as a comic adventure through the character of Bluntschili. On the other hand, the seriousness of War is given vent through the psyche of Sergius. There’s nothing to admire about war except that it brings devastation on life and property. Shaw becomes an apostle of nonviolence and questions the integrity of nations to indulge in violence and cruelty.
Raina the protagonist of the play is nourished on the romantic fables of Pushkin and the opera. She is bursting with romance and there is a contradiction in her character when on the one hand she regards war as a spectacle to defeat the enemy and fight bravely and on the other hand, she has no qualms in trying to protect her own enemy. She is gracious and merciful towards her enemy. She does this by taking great risks towards her reputation. She is an archetype of a compassionate mother, a feminist who acts as a rebel of counter culture. When she finds out that Sergius, her would-be had won the war, she wonders whether she would be any more eligible. She idealizes Sergius as a romantic hero. The author in Raina has created a remarkable character that encompasses the ideal of modern feminism. She also develops a romantic attraction towards Bluntschili whom she addresses as ‘my chocolate cream soldier’. Later on in the play, we realize that she goes on to marry But chili.
Catherine the mother of Raina is portrayed as an aristocratic housewife with all underpinning of traditional maternity. She has no opinion of her own and goes along with her daughter and father Petkoff. Catherine can be considered as an archetypal mother who manages the household and who feels proud that her son-in-law has secured a brilliant victory. Feminists would argue that her character is obsolete and anti-feminist. Marxists would argue that her character is a stereotype of the consciousness of the bourgeoisie. She is a submissive character to masculine ideas, whims, and fancies.
Louka the housemaid is a staunch feminist. When she sees the gun in Raina’s room, she keeps it a secret. But later on, reveals it to Sergius. When Sergius tries to flirt with her, she protests vehemently. She has independent opinions of her own. Class consciousness works in her mind to a trauma and she feels that she belongs to the dignified and the aristocratic. In Marxian terms: the idea of aristocracy and class consciousness has to be deconstructed as a pathological symptom.
Is the Media Ignoring Trump’s Calls for Revolt Over Election Results?
It is very dangerous for media broadcast outlets to not report what is happening in the electorate. It could be construed as increased violence among a certain base. When a voter stands up in a room full of onlookers to say they are prepared to start a revolt of some sort if one candidate doesn’t win–is dangerous. These sentiments began swirling around in the summer months last year, so in the meantime, some voters are indicating a revolt of the election outcomes.
The media is reporting this story as it is happenstance, but there is something more sinister going on with rally goers. They’re calling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all types of names we’ve never heard in politics before. The rallies of the other candidate are fomenting violence and viciousness by using terms like “crooked” and she deserves to be locked up. Also, FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are being accused of covering up crimes over an email debacle.
Lately, media outlets and reporters are starting to listen to what the electorate is saying which is they might rise up if the election doesn’t go a certain way. I believe some of those will be former supporters of candidates that did not make it during the primary. The use of the word “revolution,” also ginned up some aggressive behaviors as well this summer.
Let’s go a step further. Is there a Russian coup de tat taking place, and our candidates are being used to forgo Russian’s attempt to take over our political system? What is being said is extremely dangerous and the CIA should have a purpose in this situation. Russia has been accused of meddling in elections of other countries and therefore it is not unusual to hear this claim.
Is it the beginnings of a group of voters that are determined to carry out civil unrest if the results are not what they expect? The election is about 18 days away, and we see there is a certain electorate that may not want to accept the outcome, as Donald J. Trump intimated during the last debate. If Trump loses the election, are we ignoring something that we shouldn’t? However, what concerns me is how voters will behave the night after the results are posted. Will they say it was rigged, based on continuous suspicions? Will they say it was an election supported by the mainstream media?
What I know is Americans have been voting for years, and this is the system we have for now. Our election process has ebbs and flows. I have been voting for 40 years and have not seen massive voter fraud take place. I have seen voter intimidation in my community by the opposition, especially when we use to vote with paper ballots. Usually, poll watchers and election judges do a great job of working out the bugs on their own. Each County offers a free training class (at every election) for volunteers that want to become poll watchers. There is no need for additional onlookers who might try and intimidate voters.
We hope that our elections are being held to the highest standards possible. We know that it is alleged that foreign governments may have a hand in our elections. I think calmer heads will prevail and on election night we can welcome whoever the candidate happens to be like it or not.
Tracy T. Brittain is an essayist, opinion writer, and commentariat. She has been writing for over 30 years about an array of political narratives. She is a writer of social commentary and essayist to new journalism. Brittain’s topics are varied, covering subjects and views around the world. Brittain has written about communications and public relations, as well as image recovery. Her background is writing letters-to-the-editor and opinion pieces for various media outlets.